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Monday, 27 January 2020

Accessibility Statement

This is the official accessibility statement for the website. If you have any questions or comments about the accessibility of this site, please feel free to contact us.

Access Keys

Most browsers support jumping to specific links by typing keys defined on the web site. On Windows and Linux, it is usually done by pressing ALT + an access key; on Macintosh, you can press Control + an access key. In some of the browsers (e.g. Mozilla) it is enough to press the key combination, in others you must press Enter after that. There are also more complicated combinations. For example, in Opera 7 you have to press Shift + Esc and then use the access key.

The home page and all archives define the following access keys:

Access key 1
Home page
Access key 2
Skip navigation (go directly to main content)
Access key 9
Email us
Access key 0
Accessibility statement

Standards compliance

  1. This website is WebXact and Cynthia checked for compliance with all priority 1 guidelines of the W3 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
  2. This website is WebXact and Cynthia checked for compliance with all the guidelines of the of the U.S. Federal Government Section 508 Guidelines.
  3. All the website's pages validate as XHTML 1.1.
  4. All pages use structured semantic markup.


  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. Whever possible, links are written to make sense out of context. Many browsers (such as JAWS, Home Page Reader, Lynx, and Opera) can extract the list of links on a page and allow the user to browse the list, separately from the page.
  3. Link text is never duplicated; two links with the same link text always point to the same address.
  4. There are no "javascript:" pseudo-links. All links can be followed in any browser, even if scripting is turned off.
  5. There are no links that open new windows without warning.


  1. All content images used include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative images include empty ALT attributes.

Visual Design

This site uses valid CSS for visual layout.

  1. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.
  2. A separate stylesheet is applied when printing the pages.

Accessibility references

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

Accessibility software and services

  1. WebXact, a free service to analyze web pages for compliance to accessibility guidelines.
  2. HTML Validator, a free service for checking that web pages conform to published HTML standards.
  3. Web Page Backward Compatibility Viewer, a tool for viewing your web pages without a variety of modern browser features.
  4. JAWS, a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited demo is available.
  5. Lynx, a free text-only web browser.

Related resources

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

Accessibility book we recommend

  1. Dive Into Accessibility, Mark Pilgrim's free online book on web accessibility techniques.

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