Accessibility Features

On this page: Introduction - Using the Features of this Site - Additional Features - Accessibility Resources - Your Comments


This web site is designed and coded with the goal of making it accessible to everyone. This page provides information on specific features that facilitate access, especially for people with disabilities.

Using the Features of this Site

Keyboard Shortcuts for Navigation
Several shortcut keys have been defined to enable navigation within and between pages of this site. For instance, the letter "H" will work from any page to go to the home page. On Windows platforms, these shortcuts are activated with the ALT key. For instance, in Internet Explorer 4, ALT-H will take you to the home page. In Internet Explorer 5, you need to type ALT-H followed by RETURN. On Macintosh systems, the Control key is used: type Control-H to go to the home page. The following shortcuts are available:
H = home page
A = accessibility features page
M = site map
C = contact page
B = skip to the body (content) portion of the page
N = skip to the beginning of the navigation bar

Skip Links
Each page of this site begins with a small dot that, when viewed in a screen reader or text browser, appears as a link. This link enables you to skip past the navigation bar directly to the content of the page.

Site Map
The site map provides quick links to all the pages of this site.

Additional Features

This site has been tested against the accessibility standards established by the U.S. federal government's Section 508 and the W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Compliance was tested using AccessEnable and manual testing.

Keyboard Accessibility
This site can be navigated solely with the keyboard using browsers that support keyboard navigation.

Graphics and ALT Text
All graphics on this site are identified with ALT text, descriptions that can be read when images are not being displayed.

Access Device Testing
We have tested this site with screen readers and keyboard navigation.

This site has been tested on the following browsers: Netscape 4.71 Macintosh OS 9, Internet Explorer 5 Macintosh OS 10.1.x, Internet Explorer 5 Windows ME, Lynx.

Accessibility Resources

Section 508 - federal guidelines for the accessibility of information technology.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) - international standards for web accessibility from the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative.

Tools for Evaluating Accessibility - a list of tools that help web developers ensure the accessibility of their web sites.

Your Comments

I'm committed to improving the accessibility of this site. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or access difficulties by sending email to: