Web site accessiblity is defined by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) as follows:
"Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the Web. More specifically, Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and that they can contribute to the Web. Web accessibility also benefits others, including older people with changing abilities due to aging."
We are committed to ensuring that our 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 of our visitors.
Web pages on www.cumminsonan.com include 4 different areas:
- A header bar that includes the main navigation
- "side bars"
- A main content area
- A footer
When CSS (Cascading Styles Sheet) are not applied to a document (or when using a screen reader), the 4 areas are read in the above order.
- Unless they are purely decorative items, all images used on this Web site have suitable alt attributes.
- Content should be usable/accessible with images "off" (disabled).
- Any Flash used on this site uses an image replacement technique that makes the message and links accessible when Flash is disabled or unavailable in the browser.
- Many links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target.
- Links are written to make sense out of context.
- URLs are permanent whenever possible.
- All form controls are appropriately and explicitly labeled.
- Form validation routine does not rely on client-side script.
- We are using non obtrusive client-side scripts.
- Content of this Web site is fully usable without cookie support.
Pop up Windows
- Pop up windows are not used on this Web site to present new Web pages.
- Window pop-ups are used to present non-Web documents such as PDF and Doc.
- Browsers with Pop-up Blockers should be able to access these documents.
- This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout.
- If your browser or browsing device does not support style sheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.
- Any information conveyed through the use of color is also available without color (i.e. text based).
How to modify this site to fit your needs
These links explain the many ways you can make the Web more accessible to you.
- W3 accessibility guidelines, which explains the reasons behind each guideline.
- W3 accessibility techniques, which explains how to implement each guideline.
- W3 accessibility checklist, a busy developer's guide to accessibility.
- U.S. Federal Government Section 508 accessibility guidelines.
- JAWS, a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited, downloadable demo is available.
- Home Page Reader, a screen reader for Windows. A downloadable demo is available.
- Lynx, a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.
- Links, a free text-only web browser for visual users with low bandwidth.
- 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.
- Bobby, a free service to analyze web pages for compliance to accessibility guidelines. A full-featured commercial version is also available.
- HTML Validator, a free service for checking that web pages conform to published HTML standards.
- Web Page Backward Compatibility Viewer, a tool for viewing your web pages without a variety of modern browser features.
- Lynx Viewer, a free service for viewing what your web pages would look like in Lynx.