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Accessibility Concerns for the DRI Web Site
In order to better serve our Internet audience, great care has been
taken to build a high degree of accessibility into this web site. Some
of the prominent accessibility features are:
- "Skip Navigation" has been implemented throughout the site in order
to make our pages more convenient for visitors accessing our pages
via a reader.
- Access Hotkeys have been used in our menu system as a convenience
for keyboard users. The numeric designation of our hot keys is used
in order to prevent overriding common hotkey functionality already
built into the operating system and browser. Unfortunately it is not
possible to come up with generic hotkey designations that are universally
unobtrusive. Although we acknowledge that hotkeys are not supported
by all browsers, most notably Opera, this is still a convenience recommend
by the W3C. Hopefully acceptance of this standard will become more
widely accepted and implemented. Here is a recommended URL to follow
regarding this subject - Improving
accessibility with accesskey in HTML forms and links.
- CSS is an important tool used in developing this site. One particular
item of interest is the use of percentages to designate font size.
This allows the site to automatically adjust to the client's preferences
while maintaining a relative hierarchy for headers and text. The site
has also been tested in the absence of CSS to insure that no loss
of meaning or information occurs.
- Tables are used for structural layout. Percentage widths are used
to define table structure in compliance with accessibility standards.
The information hierarchy has been tested in the absence of the table
- Images have been kept to a minimum and descriptive alternative text
is used throughout.
Accessibility, as all web technology, is a moving target. If you see
ways in which we can improve this site, please take a moment and send
us an e-mail. We appreciate your input.