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Accessibility

ACCESS KEYS:

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

Access Keys:

  • Access key 0 - Accessibility statement
  • Access key 1 - Home page
  • Access key 2 - Networks
  • Access key 3 - Events
  • Access key 4 - Consultations
  • Access key 5 - News
  • Access Key 6 - Features
  • Access Key 7 - Resources

STANDARDS COMPLIANCE:

All pages on this site are WCAG A approved, complying wih all priority 1 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Many Priority 2 and 3 guidelines have also been followed in the creation of this web site. 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 .

IMAGES AND LINKS:

All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes. All links have descriptive TITLE tags explaining their destination.

VISUAL DESIGN:

This site 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 stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.

Valid CSS! Valid HTML 4.01 Strict

ACCESSIBILITY REFERENCES:

The W3 Accessibility Guidelines - these explain the reasons behind each guideline. W3 Accessibility Techniques - these explain how to implement each guideline. The W3 Accessibility Checklist is a website developer's guide to accessibility

ACCESSIBILITY SOFTWARE:

We test our sites with a number of different web browsers including JAWS, a screen reader for Windows; Home Page Reader, a screen reader for Windows; 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; and Opera, a visual browser with many accessibility-related features, including text zooming, user stylesheets, and image toggle .

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