Compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Initiative:
St. Mary's, along with many other institutions and government agencies, endorses the use of the guidelines set by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as the standard for Web accessibility and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The W3C's guidelines for Web accessibility can be found at http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-WEBCONTENT/.
- The St. Mary's Web site will comply with the W3C's AA-level of Conformance for Web content accessibility. This includes the fulfillment of all Priority 1 and Priority 2 checkpoints. In addition, the Web site will include the Priority 3 checkpoints 13.5 and 14.3, the inclusion of navigation bars, and creation of a consistent style of presentation throughout the site, respectively. A checklist of the guidelines to follow can be found http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10/full-checklist.html. As some of the terms may be difficult for the non-technical user to understand, a "plain English" version of the guidelines will be included in the St. Mary's Web FAQ.
- All claims of conformance appearing on a given Web page must meet the standards laid out in Section 5 ("Conformance") of the W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0. The claims should be either in the form of a statement that includes the version, URL of the WAI document, and conformance level (such as "This page conforms to W3C's "Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0", available at http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/WAI-WEBCONTENT-19990505, level Double-A."), or as an official WAI icon that is linked according to the guidelines found at http://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG1-Conformance.html.
- Official pages should be viewable and usable by the broadest range of platforms, browsers, and equipment. Official pages should be viewable with at least the following browsers: Firefox 2 and higher; Internet Explorer 6 and higher; Safari (Mac only). It is recommended that you use both Internet Explorer and Firefox on PC and Firefox and Safari on Mac to ensure that your pages may be viewed consistently by the greatest