- All IPRO Web sites are Section 508 aware, complying with all the U.S. Federal Government rules for accessibility.
- The IPRO Web sites are written using XHTML 1.0 Transitional to maximize compatibility with all commonly used browsers.
IPRO Web sites satisfy most of the priority 1 and 2 checkpoints of the
W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. We are actively working to
convert legacy pages to meet the full W3C WCAG priority 2 guidelines.
- The Sites have been extensively user tested to maximize accessibility regardless of the users' ability.
- All pages include a cascading dynamic
menu system, breadcrumb trail, tab-style links to switch between the
three primary IPRO Web sites, a search box and links to both the home
page and site map.
- If a page is not found then the Web site
will automatically search across all the IPRO web sites, finding and
displaying any pages that may contain the content that the user was
seeking. If no results are found then it will attempt to examine the
syllables of the name of the attempted page and search the IPRO Web
sites for pages with phonetically similar names.
- Where appropriate, pages have related links to provide additional navigation.
Web Site Content
- The IPRO Web sites contain a total of
over 1,000 pages of content. Each page must pass a rigorous multi-user
signoff process before being posted to the Web site. The process starts
with an IPRO project member producing content on a topic for which they
have expertise. Upon completion, the project leader reviews the content
for clinical accuracy and grants their approval. Following their
approval, IPRO's team of editors is alerted to the new content and
verifies its style and consistency. Consequent to that, our technical
team verifies the content meets the required XHTML and accessibility
guidelines at which point the content is posted to the Web site.
- The layout maintains consistency between
all the IPRO Web sites. The content is always in the center column and
is preceded by the title and breadcrumb trail. The breadcrumb trail
shows how to navigate to the current page from Home and provides links
to the parent pages higher up in the content hierarchy. The primary
cascading menu is in the left column of every IPRO Web site except the
home page, which contains three menus and acts as a switchboard
directing users to content appropriate for them. Secondary navigation
elements are at the base of the content and suggested links appear in
the right side column in image format.
- The graphic at the top
of the page containing the IPRO logo along with the color scheme differ
with each site, uniquely identifying the various IPRO sites. The layout
has been user tested and proven to place screen elements in the
locations where they are most expected to appear.
layout and page aesthetics are exclusively controlled via cascading
style sheets. If your browser or browsing device does not support
stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still legible.
- Semantic markup is utilized granting the greatest possible control to assistive technologies.
font sizes permit the user to change the size of the web site text as
needed. Most browsers provide methods to enlarge and reduce the text
size. In Microsoft Internet Explorer, from the toolbar, under the
"view" drop down menu there is a "text-size" option. Most browsers also
include a shortcut for users with a scrolling mouse. By holding down
the control key on the keyboard and simultaneously rolling the mouse
scroll wheel up or down, the font size will contract or grow,
- Any page can be viewed and printed without the column layout and aesthetic elements by following the "printable page" link.
- Many links have title attributes that describe the link in greater detail.
- Link text throughout the web sites has been written to make sense out of context.
- Link text and title is only duplicated if two links point to the same location.
links. All links can be followed regardless of whether scripting is
- Images that convey meaning or enhance the content include textual descriptive attributes.
- Purely decorative graphics include attributes that direct screen readers to exclude the image from the audible output.
- The IPRO web sites have been
extensively tested to be usable in all common browsers, regardless of
has concluding that the content is accessible and sufficiently
consistent when browsing with Microsoft Internet Explorer 4+, Netscape
6+, Mozilla 1.5+, Opera 7+ and all versions of Mozilla Firefox and the
- Some of the documents on our web site are in the Portable Document Format (PDF) and require Adobe Acrobat or a comparable program to view them.
- Additionally, there are some presentations in Flash format that require the Flash plug-in.
of the Flash and much of the PDF content has been made accessible by
the guidelines set forth to do so by the respective creators of the
formats, Macromedia and Adobe.
- Audio clips will be in the Real Audio format requiring the Real Player plug-in. Many audio clips have text transcripts; efforts are being made to provide transcripts for each and every multimedia recording.
Tips for Making Your PC More Accessible
- Make the text size bigger in your Web browser.
- Slow down the mouse speed.
- Learn the keyboard shortcuts.
- Use "sticky keys" as an alternative to pressing multiple keys simultaneously.
- Find out which assistive technologies are available to help you such as screen readers, tactile mice and large key keyboards.
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