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Accessibility

Standards compliance

  • All pages on this site follow U.S. Federal Government Section 508 Guidelines.
  • All pages on this site follow priorities 1 & 2 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
  • All pages on this site validate as HTML 4.01 Transitional.

Structural Markup
Web pages on this site include 4 different areas:

  • A header bar that includes the main navigation,
  • A “side bar”,
  • A main content area,
  • A footer.

When CSS (Cascading Styles Sheet) are not applied to a document (or when using a screen reader), the 4 areas are read in the above order.

Images

  • Unless they are purely decorative items, all images used on this web site have suitable alt attributes.
  • Content should be usable/accessible with images “off” (disabled).
  • The main navigation bar on this site uses an Image Replacement technique that makes the links accessible to non-visual browsers.

Links

  • Many links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target.
  • Links are written to make sense out of context.
  • URLs are permanent whenever possible.

Forms

  • All form controls are appropriately and explicitly labeled.
  • We provide a PDF version as an alternative form of access for many of our online forms.
  • Form validation routine does not rely on client-side script.

Scripts

  • We are using non obtrusive client-side scripts.
  • Content of this web site is usable without JavaScript support.

Pop up Windows

  • Browsers with Popup Blockers should be able to access these external documents.

Visual design

  • This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout.
  • This site uses only relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified “text size” option in visual browsers.
  • Any information conveyed through the use of color is also available without color (i.e. text based).