Site Design, Standards, and Accessibility
This site supports open standards and accessibility.
- Graphics. Graphics are used as necessary to display,
err, graphics, and to enhance navigation. But graphics always include an
"alt" tag. Why? This supports text browsers, used by people with slow
connections, various disabilities, and people who pay by bandwidth used.
- User interface generally. Yes, the UI is generally geeky;
a big outline, lots of text, etc. The editor is a geek and not a graphic
designer. But she happens to also think that sometimes well-organized text
can be more friendly than a shiny shiny graphical form that tries to compress
lots of information into a few categories.
- Standards. We use standardized HTML code, and avoid
proprietary extensions. This allows people using any browser that adheres
to standards to access the content.
- Fully SGML compliant. Getting there, getting
there. I had some old bad habits developed through usage of pure HTML, and
so the site is slowly converting to be fully compliant.
- Version degrading. Okay, we're not so good at
this. We use, for instance, cascading style sheets (CSS), which are not
correctly handled by all older browser versions.
- Browser testing. We've tested in lynx (works great),
various versions of netscape & internet explorer (mixed results in
versions 4.x and below), opera, mozilla, and galeon; on mac, windows, and
- Disability friendly. Committed to keeping this site as
accessible as possible, by minimizing use of graphics, maintaining
non-graphical navigational alternatives, and keeping almost all content in
non-proprietary, text-friendly formats. Exceptions include only image
files of graphical art, which do include some brief description in the alt
We welcome your comments, suggestions,
and offers of assistance.
Please be patient while waiting for us to
get back to you.
These pages are edited and maintained at http://www.feministsf.org/
by Laura Quilter.