Accessibility Statement

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The content and structure of this statement are heavily borrowed from Mark Pilgrim’s example at Major “props” to him for making this painfully tedious process a little easier to understand!

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.

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

Access key 1
Home page
Access key 2
Access key 0
Accessibility statement

Standards compliance

  1. All pages are Bobby AA approved, complying with all priority 1 and 2 guidelines of the W3 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
  2. All pages are Section 508 approved, complying with all guidelines of the U.S. Federal Government Section 508 Guidelines.
  3. All pages validate as HTML 4 Strict.

Navigation aids

  1. A sitemap is provided with access to all pages in the site.


  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 graphics include null ALT attributes.

Visual design

This site and all its archives use cascading style sheets for visual layout.

  1. Internet Explorer has a limited text resizing feature (”View” menu, “Text Size”), but it only works with relative font sizes. A special stylesheet that uses relative font sizes is automatically served to visitors using Internet Explorer.
  2. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.

Acronyms and abbreviations

Any acronyms and abbreviations are clearly labeled and explained at their first mention on each page.

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.