Accessibility Statement

We are committed to making this website accessible to all internet users, no matter what their abilities or disabilities may be. On this page, we will outline this site's accessibility features and limitations (which are few). Please contact us with any comments or questions, or if you find any area of this website to be inaccessible to you.

Standards Compliance

Every page on this website meets or exceeds the following Web Standards. Automated testing of web content accessibility was done with the HiSoftware® Cynthia Says(TM) Tester external link. Also, a visual check of the website, with and without styling, showed that all of the factors not capable of being tested automatically were in accordance with the standards.

Level A conformance, W3C-WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 Priority 1 (level A) of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (most pages are priority 1, 2, & 3 - level AAA)

Level A conformance, Disabilities Act Section 508 Priority 1 (level A) U.S. federal government Disabilities Act, Section 508 Guidelines (most pages are priority 1, 2, & 3 - level AAA)

Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional Coding validates as XHTML 1.0 Transitional. (most pages are XHTML 1.0 Strict)

Valid CSS Valid CSS is used for visual layout, but the content is still readable if your browser or browsing device does not support it.

Browsing Without a Mouse

Tabbing: All of the links and form-input features on this website are accessible without the use of a mouse pointer. Tabbing may be used to reach each such feature in order, either in a forward (TAB) or reverse (Shift + TAB) direction. Any link reached by tabbing may be activated either by clicking the link with a mouse, or by hitting the ENTER key.

Skip to Main Content: Just before the main menu on the left side of each page is a "hidden" link, which becomes visible only when it is reached by tabbing. This link may be used to skip the main menu, and go directly to the main content of the page.

Access Keys: Most browsers support jumping to important links by typing special "access keys" defined on the website. To use this feature:

Here are the access keys defined on this website, which should not clash with the accessibility keys used by your browsing device:

Links

All links have a 'title' attribute, in order to more fully describe the target page. The title text becomes visible when the mouse is hovered over the link. All links open the new page in the same browser window, as it is no longer standards-acceptable to open it in a new window. ( The exception to this rule is that the link may open a smaller popup or overlay box. )

You can easily return to the page you were on by just clicking the "Back" button. Or if you prefer, you can open a new window or tab by right-clicking the link and choosing that option. Links leading to an external website are clearly marked with the external link symbol. ( The exception to this rule would be if the link uses a clickable image, rather than text. )

Forms

Forms are made accessible to screen-readers by using a 'label' tag, so that the information to be entered into the form-input is clearly identifiable.

Images

All images have an 'alt' attribute, so that people using a screen-reader will know what the image represents. This is true even for purely decorative images and images used as list markers, although in that case, the tag may be empty. In many cases, the image will also have a 'title' attribute (since the 'alt' tag is not visible on mouse-over when using the Firefox browser). This enables the image to have a small overlay title in most browsers.

Scripts

Javascript is used on every page. However, the scripts are unobtrusive, degrade gracefully, and are backwards compatible.

We hope that this page has given you some insight into our efforts to make this website an enjoyable experience for everyone.


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