The first construction and services group and the first infrastructure company in the world to attain AA accessibility grade for their web sites Ferrovial and Cintra are the first construction and services group and the first infrastructure company in the world, respectively, to make their web sites accessible in line with the AA standard of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). This initiative the second among the Ibex-35 companies brings the two companies' web sites up to the most demanding international standards in terms of accessibility, usability and visual design. This initiative is part of a strategy whose priorities include enhancing communications and dialogue with stakeholders and facilitating access to persons with disabilities in all areas where the company operates. The move also enhances access for other people who have difficulties in accessing the web site due to slow connections, illness or old age. International standards: W3C and WAI Ferrovial and Cintra followed the standards of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the WAI (Web Accessibility Initiative) working group, which set international criteria for creating accessible web content and are responsible for setting standards to ensure that web sites are accessible to all, regardless of hardware, software, ability or disability, network infrastructure, language, culture or location. Ferrovial and Cintra were assisted by Intermark Tecnologías in the technical and functional aspects and by Líneas Ruiz Nicoli in the design. Additionally, Fundosa, the organisation of Fundación Once which focuses on social and employment integration, is currently auditing the web sites of Ferrovial using its own methodology. The following measures, among others, were taken to bring the companies' web sites into line with accessibility standards:
- Total separation of content and design (presentation);
- A simplified browsing system that does not use pull-down menus;
- The possibility of browsing with the keyboard, with no need to use a mouse;
- Insertion of explanatory text for images, tables and link targets;
- Relative font sizes: users can adjust the font size in any browser.