This site strives to make its content easily accessible to all persons, including those who use assistive technologies. These pages are designed to allow content to be accessed more quickly, to ease navigation, to present material better through a variety of browsers, and to decrease download times. Below is information explaining the features implemented on this site. We welcome comments that may help us improve our accessibility.
- All pages have a “breadcrumb” trail at the top to orient visitors to their place in the Web site.
- Links are written to be understood out of context. Links which need clarification use the
titleattribute to provide further information.
- All images provide
altattributes for text descriptions of the images to non-visual readers. Images used solely for decoration have null
- Complex images use
longdescattributes to explain the images for non-visual readers.
Page Layout and Design
- All pages use cascading style sheets (CSS) for layout, allowing text-only browsers and screen readers to access site content easily. Tables, if used, exclusively present tabular data, not layout.
- Browsers that do not reliably display CSS are provided with alternative CSS that simplify the layout. Text-only browsers can enjoy a logical order of content on the page.
- Each page is marked-up semantically; for example,
h1tags are for main headings,
h2tags are for subheadings, and so on. Screen readers can use this to their benefit. JAWS users can skip to the next section within the accessibility statement by pressing ALT+INSERT+1.
- Fonts are relatively sized, meaning that they may be enlarged if necessary for readability.
- Elastic layouts are used, allowing each page to fill or shrink to most window sizes to reduce the need for horizontal scrolling.
- Forms on this site are designed using appropriate
labeltags to assist screen readers.
- All fields are ordered logically.
- All pages on this site validate as HTML5. The World Wide Web Consortium specifies standards that allow websites to be accessible to a wide audience regardless of browsers or assistive technologies used. The W3C Validator, maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium, determines validity of a site page.
- All pages on this site use cascading style sheets (CSS) for layout, which have been validated by the CSS Validator, also maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium.
- All pages on this site are believed to be WCAG approved. The World Wide Web Consortium has established guidelines to assist web designers to create pages that are accessible to persons with disabilities. However, pages cannot be automatically validated and must be manually checked by the site designer.
- All pages on this site are believed to be Section 508 approved. Section 508 Guidelines are established by the U.S. federal government to assist web designers to create pages that are accessible to persons with disabilities. However, pages cannot be automatically validated and must be manually checked by the site designer.