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Accessibility Statement

This is the official accessibility statement for the Charlotte Harbor NEP Water Atlas. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us using the information on the contact page.

Standards Compliance

  1. Where possible, all pages on this site are WCAG AAA approved, complying with all priority 1 and many priority 2 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
  2. Where possible, all pages on this site are Section 508 approved, complying with all of the U.S. Federal Government Section 508 Guidelines.
  3. Where possible, all pages on this site validate as HTML5 or XHTML 1.0 Transitional.
  4. Where possible, all pages on this site use structured semantic markup.


  1. Many links have title attributes, which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target.
  2. Wherever possible, links are written to make sense out of context. Many browsers can extract the list of links on a page and allow the user to browse the list separately from the page.
  3. Link text is never duplicated on the same page; two links with the same link text always point to the same address.
  4. The following images and link text are used to designate that links open new windows:
    1. New window icon
    2. photo
    3. "Learn more... »"
    4. "Submit..." or "Report..."
    Other than minor logical exceptions, there are no links that open new windows without warning.


  1. All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes.

Visual Design

  1. This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout.
  2. This site uses relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified "text size" option in visual browsers.
  3. If your browser or browsing device does not support style sheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.

Accessibility References

  1. W3 accessibility guidelines. This reference explains the reasons behind each guideline.
  2. W3 accessibility techniques. This reference explains how to implement each guideline.
  3. W3 accessibility checklist, a busy developer's guide to accessibility.
  4. U.S. Federal Government Section 508 accessibility guidelines.

Accessibility Software

  1. JAWS, a screen reader for Windows that provides speech and braille output.
  2. NVDA (Nonvisual Desktop Access), an open-source Windows screen reader available since 2006.
  3. Visit the American Foundation for the Blind website for a curated list of screen readers.
  4. A large list of additional assitive technologies is available on Wikipedia's Assistive Technology article.

Accessibility Reference Tools

  1. Cynthia Says™ Portal, a web content accessibility validation solution designed to identify errors in your content related to Section 508 standards and/or the WCAG guidelines.
  2. HTML Validator, a free service for checking that web pages conform to published HTML standards.
  3. Web Page Backward Compatibility Viewer, a tool for viewing your web pages without a variety of modern browser features.
  4. Lynx Viewer, a free service for viewing what your web pages would look like in Lynx.
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