Accessibility Statement

I am committed to ensuring that my website is accessible to everyone. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the accessibility of this site, please use my contact form, as I am continually striving to improve the experience for all of my visitors.

Web Standards Compliance

Compliance to web standards, established accessibility guidelines, and legal provisions improve access for people with disabilities. All pages on this website are:

  • Valid XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • Valid CSS 2.1
  • WCAG Level AAA Conformance to WCAG 1.0
  • Section 508 Compliant

Structural Markup

All pages on this site are organized so they are readable even without their associated style sheet.

All pages on this site use semantic markup.

Access Keys

This site uses the accesskey attribute. Most browsers support jumping to specific links by typing keys defined on the web site. On Windows, you can press ALT + an access key; on Macintosh, you can press Control + an access key.

The access keys defined for this site are:

  • 0 - Accessibility Statement
  • 1 - Home Page
  • 2 - Skip to Content
  • 3 - Site Map
  • 9 - Contact

Images

  • Unless they are purely decorative items, all images used on this web site have suitable alt attributes.
  • Content is usable/accessible with images "off" (disabled).

Links

  • The first link in every document is a "Skip" link; it is to skip directly to what is considered the main section of the page (the content).
  • 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.

Forms

  • All form controls are appropriately and explicitly labeled.
  • An email address is provided as an alternative form of access for 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.

Visual Design

  • This website 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.
  • If your browser or browsing device does not support style sheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.

How To Modify This Site To Fit Your Needs

These links explain the many ways you can make the web more accessible to you.

  • Windows users
  • Mac users
  • Linux users

Accessibility References

  • W3 accessibility guidelines, which explains the reasons behind each guideline.
  • W3 accessibility techniques, which explains how to implement each guideline.
  • W3 accessibility checklist, a busy developer's guide to accessibility.
  • U.S. Federal Government Section 508 accessibility guidelines.

Accessibility Software

  • JAWS, a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited, downloadable demo is available.
  • Home Page Reader, a screen reader for Windows. A downloadable demo is available.
  • Lynx, a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.
  • Links, a free text-only web browser for visual users with low bandwidth.
  • Opera, a visual browser with many accessibility-related features, includes text zooming, user stylesheets, image toggle. A free downloadable version is available. Compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and several other operating systems.

Accessibility Services

  • Bobby, a free service to analyze web pages for compliance to accessibility guidelines. A full-featured commercial version is also available.
  • HTML Validator, a free service for checking that web pages conform to published HTML standards.
  • Web Page Backward Compatibility Viewer, a toul for viewing your web pages without a variety of modern browser features.
  • Lynx Viewer, a free service for viewing what your web pages would look like in Lynx.

Related Resources

  • WebAIM, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving accessibility to online learning materials.
  • Designing More Usable Web Sites, a large list of additional resources.