CEHSP is committed to making our Website broadly accessible, including to users with disabilities or impairments that occur with aging. For guidance, we look to the accessibility best practices and standards defined by Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). CEHSP has been working to improve the accessibility of our site. Our processes require new pages to meet a set of accessibility requirements which include:
- Providing aids to navigation for screen reader users such as:
- An invisible link which allows the users to skip navigation links in order to get quickly to the main content of the page
- proper markup for identifying the page title (i.e. an element)
- Providing text equivalents for images and image map hot spots
- Providing null text equivalents on decorative images
- Identifing row and column headers for data tables
- Programmatically associating labels with form fields
- Using valid XHTML 1.0 Strict markup language
- Supporting browser settings for enlarging text and user style sheets
- Using consistent navigation mechanisms and style of presentation throughout the site
- Keyboard navigation of web pages
- Identifying the primary natural language of each page
- Accessible HTML alternative versions of Flash content
Accessibility testing using automated tools and manual procedures is performed on new content management applications. Our publicly available pages on ibm.com are monitored regularly using automated tools.
We strive to make our Web pages accessible and will continuously work on making accessibility improvements. If you encounter an accessibility problem while accessing the CEHSP Web site, please contact us about the problem: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: CEHSP is not responsible for the accessibility of third party sites that may be linked from our site.
What Is Accessibility?
Information on the Web needs to be accessible to those with functional impairments in accordance with 508 requirements. Accessibility refers to ensuring that access to information is available to the widest possible audience. The design of a web site determines its accessibility.
- Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended in 1998, is a Federal mandate that requires that information technology be accessible to people with disabilities.
- It requires that Federal agencies electronic and information technology (EIT) developed, procured, maintained, or used by the Federal government be accessible to people with disabilities, including employees and members of the public.
Using the Site
Most visitors will be able to view the CEHSP Web site using the most popular browsers. The accessibility features that have been put in place thus far are just the beginning. CEHSP, in an effort to serve the needs of all who visit our web site, will continue over the next several months to make content accessible for persons using special assistive technology.
- Text Descriptions Provided for Images and Pictures - When the mouse pointer or pointer alternative moves over an image, a small window pops up to give you a description of the image. This description is also provided to visitors who are using screen readers to access information on the page.
- Style Sheets Used to Format Page Content on this site are designed using cascading style sheets. This allows visitors to disable the formatting provided and apply their own formatting if they choose. Style sheets are disabled within an Internet browser's settings or preferences options. People with a slight visual impairment who need a larger font size to read comfortably will find this feature useful.
- Persons using screen-reading devices, who generally cannot directly read documents in PDF format, will find a HTML version of many of the forms and the publications on the CEHSP site. Over the next several months, the CEHSP plans to make all PDF files accessible. As new publications become available in Acrobat 7.0, which is 508 compliant, they will be posted on the site.
- Direct Links to Main Sections of Each Page are provided for those using Screen Readers - Screen readers tend to read pages from left to right and from top to bottom. The pages in IRS.gov provide internal bookmarks so that screen reader users can jump directly to specific sections of the page. This feature is referred to as a navigation menu bypass.