Accessibility

All of the content, except for the third party generated content of the Machine Validation Audit, has passed machine validation for a Priority 3 classification. Most of the content is still under development and is in various stages of human review to meet the Priority 3 classification. Obviously, during construction phase, content will fluctuate between a Priority 2 and a Priority 3 classification. Even after human review of a completed content page that technically meets a Priority 3 classification should never be interpreted that improvements cannot or should not be made. This site, along with my working knowledge of effective and efficient accessibility use is constantly being re–evaluated, updated and improved upon.

A few of the issues that are in varied stages of process are improvements in site navigation that include sidebar block navigation of categorical content and bread–crumb navigation, better use of micro–formats such as the hCard, integration of shortcut key values directly into the various ASP.NET site–map files, improvements achievable with migration to the version 3.5 NET Framework, user ability to change layout and design through use of selectable style sheets, etc.

The abbreviation of [ND], Non-Developed, are links that are not yet currently active.

The Accessibility Policy.

This is the policy that describes the purpose and mission of the Web site’s commitment to accessibility standards.

User selectable appearance/layout/theme change is being implemented for the Web site content. Currently, it is only available for the long description content pages within the site.

The available themes offer several contrast variations that allow users the option to select the best color contrast based upon their personal needs. Content page magnification can be used with these themes without need to change the viewport/window size of the browser. This gives the user, when necessary, the abiliy to increase magnification and text size, again, based upon their preference and requirement.

The Addendum lists any apparent discrepancies and issues that exist within machine validation for accessibility and the standards. Explanations and reasons are presented.The Addendum to the Accessibility Policy [ND].

A full graphical presentation of the results of the Web site’s machine validation for accessibility compliance is available.Machine Validation Results.

This site includes external links to accessibility compliance validation Web sites. Cynthia Says has recently been updated so that it can validate content that uses a custom Document Type Definition [DTD]. The majority of this Web site uses a custom DTD. For a more thorough compliance machine validation of this content and one that can check accessibility regardless of any custom DTD, use of the Watchfire WebXact Web software application is recommended. However, the Watchfire online service has been discontinued as of 01 February 2008. Watchfire was recently purchased by International Business Machines.

NOTE: The Web pages that present the graphical and validation data were developed by the validation software and are not standards compliant. I have not, yet, taken the time to write the code that meets compliance for those specific content pages.

The is a discussion of the hows, the methodologies and the methods used within the Web site’s internal structure and how it is presented to the Web visitor.The Structure of the Web Site [ND].

Shortcut key navigation is listed within a table format.Use of Keyboard Shortcuts.

The Web site uses a strict standard. Its use and benefits of its use are discussed.W3C Compliance [ND].

CSS validation and usefulness is described and how it is used within the Web site.CSS Validation [ND].


A brief description of the major accessibility applications is presented. Various accessibility resources are listed along with links to assistive technology software for those in need.

Long Descriptions for Important Images and Content.

Long description content pages are provided for images, multi-media, graphs or any content that requires further text description or alternate resources for interpretation.

Long description content is, also, provided for any table layout that has been used. This type of content has been implemented to support older assistive technologies that cannot efficiently render accessible table design and layout.

If you have any questions regarding any issues or questions concerning accessibility, please e-Mail that boinkin guy.