Accessibility Statement

After reading a great tutorial on accessibility, I decided to implement as many their suggestions as possible without completely redesigning the site. Below are the specifics.

Access Keys

Most browsers support jumping to specific links by typing keys. On Macintosh, you can press Control + an access key; on Windows, you can press ALT + an access key.

All pages on this site define the following access keys:

  • Access key 1 - Weblog
  • Access key 2 - Archives
  • Access key 3 - Photos
  • Access key 4 - Miscellaneous
  • Access key 5 - Colophon
  • Access key 6 - Statistics
  • Access key S - Site Search
  • Access key 0 - Accessibility statement

All links that have access keys show that key in brackets when the cursor is over them.

Standards Compliance

  1. All pages on this site are Bobby AAA approved, complying with all the Bobby guidelines. This is always a judgement call; many accessibility features can be measured, but many can not. I have reviewed all the guidelines and believe that all these pages are in compliance.
  2. All pages on this site is WCAG AAA approved, complying with all priority 1, 2, and 3 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. I have reviewed all the guidelines and believe that all these pages are in compliance.
  3. All pages on this site are Section 508 approved, complying with all of the U.S. Federal Government Section 508 Guidelines. Again, a judgement call. I have reviewed all the guidelines and believe that all these pages are in compliance.
  4. All pages on this site validate as XHTML 1.0 Transitional. 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.
  5. All pages on this site use structured semantic markup. H1 tags are used for main titles and H2 tags for subtitles.

Navigation Aids

  1. All pages have rel=home links to aid navigation in text-only browsers. Netscape 6 and Mozilla 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).
  2. All pages include a search box (access key S).

Links

  1. Many links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target (such as the headline of an article).
  2. Links are written to make sense out of context.

Images

  1. All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes.

Visual design

  1. This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout.
  2. This site uses a color scheme that allows the headers and links to be distinguished from the background and normal text by those with red-green color deficiencies.
  3. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.

Credits

Thanks to Mark Pilgrim for his tutorial on accessibilty. This statement was modified from the one found on that tutorial.


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