Browsing Guide to the Web Portal of the DGSFP

Home Page

The home page shows the organisation of the content, indicating for each first level of content (The Directorate General, Communications with the DGSFP, Information about the Sector, etc.), the most important content or that most commonly accessed by portal users and which are links, as for first-level contents.

4 direct links to the following particularly important themes are also presented: Pension Plans and Funds, Intermediaries and Channels, Financial and Actuarial, and Virtual Office.

As well as versions in different languages, the opportunity is given to access the site map, along with contact information and a search engine.

On the right of the page is a column of news headlines about the DGSFP and current institutional campaigns.

Structure and Browsing

The pages are organised according to the information they contain, following the content structure shown on the home page and detailed in the site map. Each page shows the current position in the content structure via the browsing path (such as, for example, Start > General Directorate > Structure and Functions), in which the levels above the current one are links leading to the page on the corresponding level. In addition, the position of the first level where the page is situated is shown on the left-hand menu and the current menu in this category drops down.

A common style sheet is used for all the portal's internal pages so the presentation of the different elements of a page is consistent throughout the portal. In this way, portal users can clearly distinguish, for example, link headings, which are always underlined.

Links that take the user to a page outside the DGSFP are indicated as such, as shown below:

In addition, links to documents and/or files in certain formats are indicated through representative icons, as shown below:

Consistency is maintained in the creation of new content and in the modification of existing content, through the use of a Portal Style Guide.

Keyboard Shortcuts

The following key combinations make it possible for regular users of the portal to access the points they are most interested in as quickly as possible:

Accessibility

The pages in the DGSFP portal have been created following the accessibility standards of the WAI of the W3C, in order to ensure access to the information and services on the pages without any limitations or restrictions because of any kind of disability or conditioning factors due to the equipment with which the portal is accessed. Specifically, they have been created in accordance with at least level 2 accessibility. WAI (AA). It has been decided to give pages characteristics that give them accreditation at that level, rather than offering an accessible version of each page, in order to offer users transparent accessible browsing.

Icon of conformity with Double-A Level, with Accessibility Directives for Web Content 1.0 from W3C-WAI

The portal has been analysed using the W.A.T. (Web Accessibility Test) passing at levels 1 and 2. Only some specific pages, because of their content, have slight problems in passing level 3. Work is being done on adapting all of them.

The pages follow the XHTML 1.0 Transitional and CSS 2 standards, in order to offer well-constructed HTML that can be interpreted properly be different browsers on different devices. In the links to the few pages whose modification presents legal problems and which have formed part of the portal since a date before its transformation into an accessible portal, the transition to a non-accessible page is indicated with the icon Link to a page whose accessibility had not been verified.

In order to achieve maximum compatibility with browsers and devices and to avoid the need to use an alternative accessible version, the use of JavaScript has been avoided for elements necessary for site navigation. It is only used for visual elements that help users moving around the portal, but which are not necessary for browsing it.

The portal's usability concerning the use of a clear and easily understood content structure and concerning the use of visual elements serving as guides for the user in browsing the portal has been checked by carrying out usability tests with users carrying out the most typical information searches.


Concerning the continuous improvement of the portal, we are grateful for any suggestions sent to us.