Statement of Accessibility
This web site is designed to be accessible to all web users and Internet devices, including users with disabilities or devices with technical restraints (such as non-graphical browsers, black and white monitors, no access to modern Web browsers, etc.). The webmaster of this site is committed to providing full, open, and equal access to all of the information resources within friendsofburkinafaso.org.
In order to meet this commitment, the webmaster has implemented all of the recommendations and standards from the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative-Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WAI-WCAG) and the U.S. Government's Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act.
You can personally test this web site's compliance with these standards by clicking the text reading “wai-wcag 1.0 aaa” and “us §508” at the bottom of every page in this site.
Many modern and contemporary Web browsers (and assistive technologies, such as screen readers) support an accessibility feature called access keys that allow a user to connect to various pages in a given Web site (or set of Web pages, in this case) by typing particular keys that are defined within the code for hyperlinks on the Web site. This web site supports these access keys so that users are able to quickly and easily move about this Web site without the use of a mouse or other cursor pointing device.
“The webmaster of this site is committed to providing full, open, and equal access to all of the information resources within friendsofburkina faso.org.”
Webmaster, 09 February 2004
Users of Microsoft's Windows® operating system can use access keys by pressing [ALT] and the [access key]. Users of Apple's Macintosh® operating system can use access keys by pressing [CONTROL] and the [access key]. Some Web browsers additionally require a user to press the [ENTER] key after they press the [access key].
Following is a list of all the access keys used in this web site:
- Access key [0 (zero) ]: Home
- Access key [1 (one) ]: About Us
- Access key : News
- Access key : Calendar of Events
- Access key : Burkina Connection
- Access key : Projects
- Access key : Join Us
- Access key : Online Resources
- Access key : Contact Us
- Access key : Site Map
- Access key [A]: Accessibility (you are here!)
- Access key [F]: Send this page to a friend!
- Access key [S]: Skip navigation
- Access key [E]: E-mail the webmaster, firstname.lastname@example.org
Acronyms and abbreviations
All acronyms and abbreviations are coded to provide rich semantic meaning. If you hover your cursor or pointer over an acronym appearing in these pages, its full name will appear.
Viewability and operability
This web site was created to fit on any screen set to any resolution, from a wireless handheld to a 21-inch monitor and beyond. This flexibility in design allows all users to see the full width of the content on any monitor or screen and eliminates the need for users to scroll horizontally in order to read content or navigate through pages. Additionally, these pages have been coded so as to degrade elegantly for users of older web browsers and other Internet devices (such as PDAs, text-only Web browsers, screen readers, etc.).
Descriptive alternative text for all graphics
Alternative text, or “ALT text,” appears in the user interface to this web site wherever actual images do not or cannot appear or be visualized due to disability or Internet device constraints. ALT text can be read by assistive Internet devices (such as “speaking browsers” for people with visual impairments). This allows those with visual impairments or slow Internet connections to understand the significance of any graphics that are used within this web site even if they cannot see the images themselves.
Consistent and clear link names
In this web site, the title of every document or page is used as the link in almost all cases. This allows users to see the most important information in the link and avoids uninformative link names, such as “Click here.” Every link is also redundantly described in the form of “TITLE” text that appears when the user hovers over a link.
No use of frames, image maps, or automatic redirects
This web site does not use frames, image maps, or automatic redirects, all of which can create a number of accessibility problems for regular users as well as those using assistive devices. It is often difficult for users to “bookmark” and easily print a particular page when using frames, and users who employ speaking browsers and other assistive technologies cannot easily navigate through a frame-based Web site.
Web standards compliance
All of the Web pages in this web site validate as eXtensible HyperText Markup Language (XHTML) 1.0-Strict — “Fussy Parsing”. All of the Web pages in this site validate as Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) level 2.
Validating these web pages
You can personally test this web site's compliance with these standards by clicking the text reading “xhtml 1.0” and “css 2” at the bottom of every page in this site.