Accessibility Statement

The PAS Center is committed to ensuring that this Web site is accessible to everyone. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the accessibility of this site, please contact us, as we are continually striving to improve the experience for all visitors.

If for any reason you cannot access any of the material on our Web site, please contact us and we will work to resolve the problem.

Standards compliance

  • All Web pages validate as HTML 4.01 Strict
  • All pages use structured semantic markup. For instance, each page contains one Header 1 Level Tag, and any appropriate sub-level heading tags. All paragraphs are properly coded with paragraph tags.

Navigation aids

  • All pages on this site include a consistent set of global main navigation links
  • Drop down main navigation menus use "Tab" to move from major heading to major heading, with arrow keys to access drop down submenus.
  • All sub-navigation menus will appear below the main navigation menu.
  • All pages contain the following "Landmark role" attribute:
    • Banner
    • ContentInfo
    • Main
    • Navigation
    • Search
    • Complementary

Links

  • Wherever possible, links are written to make sense out of context.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • If link text is duplicated; eg. "Read more" links, then "title" text is used to distinguish them.
  • There are no links that open new windows without warning.
  • All links to non-HTML files (i.e., MS Word, PDF etc.) will always open the file in a new window unless otherwise noted.
  • Links to external sites have the visual cue: arrow pointing out of a small square

Images

  • All content images used on this site include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include empty ALT attributes.

Visual design

  • This site uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for visual layout. Content is independent of CSS.
  • Users may disable CSS or use their own style sheets.
  • Where possible color brightness and illuminosity meet WCAG level 2 standards.
  • Current page focus is highlighted in contrasting colors.

Accessibility references

Accessibility software and services

  • HTML Validator, a free service for checking that web pages conform to published HTML standards.
  • JAWS, a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited demo is available.
  • Lynx, a free text-only web browser.
  • The Web Accessibility Toolbar (WAT) has been developed to aid manual examination of web pages for a variety of aspects of accessibility. It consists of a range of functions that identify components of a web page provide access to alternate views of page content and facilitate the use of 3rd party online applications

Tips on using this site

  • To change the font size in Internet Explorer, Netscape, Opera, or Safari, use the following key equivalents:
If you want to …  Select … 
For Windows …  For Macintosh … 
Increase font size Ctrl + Apple key, a continuous loop laid out as an upright square shape with loops at each of the four corners +
Decrease font size Ctrl - Apple key, a continuous loop laid out as an upright square shape with loops at each of the four corners -
Move forward from link to link Tab Tab
Move backward from link to link Shift + tab Shift + tab
Move from one major navigation heading to the next Tab Tab
Move within drop down sub-menus Up & down arrows Up & down arrows
Go forward a page Alt + Right Arrow Apple key, a continuous loop laid out as an upright square shape with loops at each of the four corners + Right Arrow
Move backward from link to link Alt + Left Arrow Apple key, a continuous loop laid out as an upright square shape with loops at each of the four corners + Right Arrow

More Keyboard Shortcuts