The Society Medieval Mediterranean is committed to making sure that its website is accessible to everyone. If you are having any problems using it, or if you have any comments or questions, please email us at or get in touch using the details on our contact page.

Accessibility features


We have provided consistent global navigation links and each page has a breadcrumb trail of navigation leading back to the homepage. All pages on the site contain a search box. There is also a 'skip to content' link on every page which allows users of assistive technologies, such as screen readers, to navigate directly to the main content.

Markup and headings

This website has been built to modern web standards using valid HTML5 and CSS. We have used headings in a logical order to help assistive technology users browse the page content.

Screen reader users

Modern screen readers use a common set of commands allowing you to navigate through a page using the headings:

  • h - cycle through the headings
  • Shift + h - cycle backwards through the headings
  • 1 - 6 - move to the next heading of the same level (for example, 1 will move you to the next level 1 heading, 2 will move you to the next level 2 heading)
  • Shift + 1 - 6 - as above but moving through each heading backwards
  • Insert + F6 - provide a list of all headings on a page.

Opera users

If you are browsing the site using Opera you can cycle through the headings using these commands:

  • s - cycle through the headings
  • w - cycle backwards through the headings.

Browser support

The Society Medieval Mediterranean supports the A-grade browsers as recommended by the Browser Test Baseline. This means that visitors using these browsers should receive a consistent, usable experience. We are still in the process of testing against this baseline, so you may experience some inconsistencies until testing has been completed.

Accessibility barriers

The majority of our content is provided as web pages, but in some cases legacy content is provided in proprietary formats such as Microsoft Word, and these may not be accessible to everyone. We are aware that this can cause accessibility issues for some users, and in future this content will be provided in a more accessible format. We will also be working towards reformatting our legacy content where possible.

Accessibility standards

The Society Medieval Mediterranean supports the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. The current version of our website has recently been launched, and accessibility testing is still in progress. When it has been completed this page will be updated with information about what level we have met.

Other resources

The information on this page is specific to the Society Medieval Mediterranean. If you would like more information or help with web accessibility, we recommend the BBC's My Web, My Way website.

Last revised on 28th May, 2013

Conference information

We host a biennial conference which brings together scholars from a range of disciplines to present and discuss their work, thus providing a forum for the exchange of ideas on the Medieval Mediterranean. Our next conference will be held in July 2019.



Membership of the society provides a range of benefits including copies of Al-Masāq delivered to your door and reduced rates for participation in our conferences.

Journal: Al-Masãq

These web pages introduce the Society and its peer-review journal: Al-Masāq: Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean, as well as providing details of our biennial conference series.