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Accessibility Statement

This is the official accessibility statement for the CADE web site. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email us at

Access keys

Some 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.

All pages on this site define the following access keys:

  • Access key 1 - home page
  • Access key 2 - skip navigation
  • Access key 3 - staff directory
  • Access key 9 - inquiries and feedback
  • Access key 0 - accessibility statement (this page)

Standards compliance

  • All pages on this site are Section 508 compliant, complying with all of the U.S. Federal Government Section 508 Guidelines. While it is not possible to verify every guideline automatically, we have inspected these pages and believe that all these pages are in compliance.
  • All pages on this site are WCAG A approved, complying with all Priority 1 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, as well as most of the Priority 2 guidelines.
  • All pages on this site validate as HTML 4.01 Transitional.
  • All pages on this site use structured semantic markup. H1 tags are used for main titles, H2 tags for subtitles, and so on.


  • 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 title of a web site).
  • Links are written to make sense out of context.


  • All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes.
  • Complex images include LONGDESC attributes or inline descriptions to explain the significance of each image to non-visual readers.

Visual design

  • This site uses a combination of tables and cascading style sheets for visual layout.
  • This site uses only relative font sizes, 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.

Accessibility References

Accessibility Software

  • 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 stylesheets, image toggle. A free downloadable version is available. Compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and several other operating systems.

Accessibility Services

  • 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.

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