Accessibility Statement

We've attempted to comply with most of the AA Level Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). We've listed the areas which we feel are most important on this page. Special thanks to Mark Pilgrim, whose Dive into Accessibilty was an instrumental guide.

Section 508 Compliance

The pages on this site mostly conform to the U.S. Federal Government Section 508 Guidelines. The one area where it may not is the markup of James Cook's email address, which is obfusicated by Javascript to prevent harvesting of his email address by Spambots.

Standards compliance

HTML5

This site conforms to HTML5 Strict with almost no errors. The only non-conformance we have is the use of a standard attribute ('rel') on some of the links of images where its use is not standard. We did this so we can use the Colorbox Javascript gallery. This attribute will be less necessary with HTML5's data- set of custom attributes.

Uses Only CSS

We use only CSS for the visual layout, typesetting and colors for this site. Relative font sizes are expressed in 'em's and are compatible with the user-specified "text size" option in visual browsers.

If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.

Semantic HTML Markup

All pages on this site use well-structured semantic markup. H2 tags are used for main titles, H3 tags for subtitles, lists are marked up with UL and so forth. This greatly increases the accuracy and ease of parsing by screen readers and other assisstive technologies.

Media Accessibility

Alt and Title Attributes for Images

All images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics are used as backgrounds in CSS and therefore do not need ALT attributes.

Closed Captioning for Videos

Adding closed captioning and alternate descriptive audio is in progress. Thank you for your patience.

Colors & Contrast

A ratio of 4.5 to 1 (4.5:1) is the "minimum contrast for regular sized text" according to the AA Level of WCAG. This site's ratio is exactly 4.5 to 1 with a foreground color of #e3e3e3 on a background color of #666666.

Navigation aids

REL Links for Site Navigation Bars

Relevent pages such as those in 'Sculpture' and 'Mediated Sculpture' have rel=previous, next, up, and home links to aid navigation in text-only browsers. Firefox users can also take advantage of this feature by selecting the View menu, Show/Hide, Site Navigation Bar, Show Only As Needed (or Show Always).

Links

All links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail so users can better understand where the link leads to.

Access Keys for Links

Most browsers support jumping to specific links by typing keys defined on the web site. On Windows, you can press alt + an access key; on Macintosh, you can press control + an access key.

Access Key Assignments
KeyMeaning
0Accessibility Statement
1Home Page
3Site Map
5About this Site
7Skip to Main Content (skip over navigation)
9Contact & Feedback