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Accessibility features of this site

  • This site approaches full compliance with W3C WCAG 2.0 (Level AA)

  • Three different methods to navigate within a page are provided:

    1. For people who navigate between page sections using HTML headers, page and section headers are used logically and consistently. For instance, the H1 header is always the start of the main content. The Site Menu title is always an H2 header.

    2. Each page uses a version of the convenient Communis "Skip to" link:
      • The "Skip to main content" link takes you to the beginning of the main content section, in all cases the page's title.
      • The "Skip to main content" link is the first link on every page and becomes visible when it receives focus via the TAB key
      • The "Skip to site menu" link takes you to the beginning of the site navigation menu, (Site Menu is also an H2 header).
      • The "Skip to site menu" link is the second link on every page and becomes visible when it receives focus via the TAB key

    3. This site has implemented WAI-ARIA landmark roles to identify logical blocks of content and functionality. This will become useful as more assistive technology includes support for WAI-ARIA markup. Unfortunately, as of June 2009, none of the common HTML validators recognize WAI-ARIA landmark roles so pages on this site will not validate. For more information about WAI-ARIA landmark roles, read the blog by Steve Faulkner of The Paciello Group.

  • A few alternate style sheets have been provided. These are not required to make the site accessible since most modern browsers allow you to control many aspects of a Web page (such as font and image size, text and background colour, display of images, and so on). However, some people appreciate the convenience of having a selection of styles readily available. The controls appear as icons at the top of this page, just after the "Skip to Site Menu" link:

    • the default layout
    • a layout for people who want to enlarge the print size dramatically
    • a layout for people who prefer high-contrast (yellow text on a black background)
    • and a layout that combines large print and high contrast

    Please note that the Style Changer function will remember your last setting only if you have both JavaScript and Cookies enabled in your browser. If you have disabled JavaScript, the Style Changer will still work, but it won't remember your setting if you leave the site or close your browser. If you have JavaScript enabled, but block all cookies, the Style Changer will NOT work at all (at the moment).