Accessibility Statement

This is the official accessibility statement for, and has been based, in large part, upon the accessibility statement found at Dive Into Accessibility, a leading web site devoted to increasing awareness of accessibility-oriented web design practices. If you have any questions or comments regarding this statement please email the site webmaster at

Access Keys

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.

All pages on this site define the following access keys:

Standards Compliance

  1. Unless acknowledged below, all pages on this site are WCAG AA approved, complying with all priority 1 and 2 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Again, This is a judgement call; many guidelines are intentionally vague and can not be tested automatically. We have reviewed all the guidelines and believe that all these pages are in compliance.
  2. All pages on this site validate as XHTML 1.0 Strict. This is not a judgement call; a program can determine with 100% accuracy whether a page is valid XHTML. For example, check the home page for XHTML validity.
  3. All pages on this site use structured semantic markup. H1 tag is used for the site title, H2 tags for main titles, H2 tags for subtitles. For example, on this page, JAWS users can skip to the next section within the accessibility statement by pressing ALT+INSERT+3.

Flash Content

  1. On a number of pages, large blocks of text are displayed within Flash wrappers. We are currently working to make this content more accessible, by providing alternative content to users without access to a Flash plugin and reformatting of the content for printing.
  2. Also, dynamic features (guestbook, message board, experiences, news and reports) are also contained in Flash wrappers. We hope to improve accessibility to these features in the near future.
  3. While we are making every endeavour to make all this content available, some pages have not yet been updated.

Navigation aids

  1. All links are organised in a logical tabbed order, defined in the markup of each anchor element. Tabbing through the links will go across the main menu, then the page sub-menu, then the subsidiary site contents menu, and finally any links in the content of the page.
  2. When tabbing through links, two additional pop-up links allow a user to jump from the start of the document to the page sub-menu, and from the end of the document (after the subsidiary site contents menu) back to the top menu. These links will not be visible to the mouse user.
  3. All pages have rel=previous, next, up, and home links to aid navigation in text-only browsers. Netscape 6+, Mozilla and Opera users can also take advantage of this feature by selecting the View menu, Show/Hide, Site Navigation Bar, Show Only As Needed (or Show Always).


  1. Many links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target.
  2. Links are written to make sense out of context.
  3. All links within the body of the page are styled with a solid underline.

Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Contextual Help

  1. All abbreviations and acronyms have structurally been marked up as such, and each has been given the proper TITLE attribute explaning what the abbreviation or acronym means.
  2. All terms which may be confusing or unfamiliar to the common reader (this is a judgement call) have been marked up with a TITLE attribute explaning what the word or words mean.
  3. In browsers which properly support visual stylesheets, all abbreviations, acronyms, and contextual help terms will be designated with a dotted or dashed underline beneath the specified terms.
  4. In most visual browsers, moving the mouse over an abbreviation, acronym, or contextual help item will cause a tool tip to appear above the term; this tool tip contains the meaning of the term in question.


  1. All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes.

Visual Design

  1. This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout.
  2. This site uses only relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified text size option in visual browsers.
  3. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.
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