Where possible, all pages on this site use structured semantic markup.
H2 tags are used for main titles, H3 tags for subtitles.
For example, on this page, JAWS users can skip to the next
section within the accessibility statement by pressing
Many links have title attributes, which describe the link
in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully
describes the target.
Wherever 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.
Link text is never duplicated on the same page;
two links with the same link text always point to the same address.
pseudo-links. Links can be
followed in any browser, even if scripting is turned off.
The following images and link text are used
to designate that links open new windows:
"Learn more... »"
"Submit..." or "Report..."
Other than minor logical exceptions, there are no links that open
new windows without warning.
All content images used in this site include descriptive
ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null
Complex images include
LONGDESC attributes or
inline descriptions to explain the significance of each image
to non-visual readers.
This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout.
This site uses relative font sizes, compatible with the
user-specified "text size" option in visual browsers.
If your browser or browsing device does not support
style sheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.
JAWS, a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited, downloadable demo is available.
IBM Easy Web Browsing, an application that helps people with limited vision, seniors and even novice users access Web content more easily. A downloadable evaluation version is available.
Lynx, a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.
Opera, a visual browser with many accessibility-related features, including text zooming, user style sheets, image toggle. A free downloadable version is available. Compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and several other operating systems.
Accessibility Reference Tools
Cynthia Says™ Portal, a web content accessibility validation solution designed to identify errors in your content related to Section 508 standards and/or the WCAG guidelines.
HTML Validator, a free service for checking that web pages conform to published HTML standards.