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Accessibility Conformance

Date: 20 January 2011
Standards: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 at
Conformance level: AA (partial AAA: see below)
Pages covered: All of
Technologies used: HTML 5, CSS 3, javascript

CIRRIE takes accessibility seriously. This is partially due to legal reasons: as a federally funded center hosted on New York State funded servers, we are bound by both the Section 508 and NYS Information Technology Policy NYS-P08-005. However, we also believe that usability and accessibility are at the heart of our mission, and as such we strive to meet standards because we should, and not because we have to.

If you have any issues with the usability or accessibility of this site, please email Shannon Patridge with your comments.


The last revision of the CIRRIE website was WCAG 1 AAA accessible. We have had to reduce our rating because of Guideline 3.1.5 Reading Level: not all content on our site is at the lower secondary education level reading level.

Additionally, content in our database is collected and stored in such a way as to make compliance with Guidelines 3.1.2-3.1.6 impractical.

With these exceptions, we believe we meet all other guidelines, including those which are AAA level.

Technologies used

This site makes use of HTML 5 and CSS 3, which are supported by all standards-compliant browsers. It does not have the same appearance in Internet Explorer, which does not have complete CSS 3 support. Browsers which do not support border-radius (rounded corners) and gradients will still have the same content and layout presented to them: it will just look slightly different.

To allow for older browsers to understand the <header>, <footer>, <section>, <nav> and <aside> tags introduced in HTML 5, we make use of the Modernizr javascript library. If a user has javascript disabled and is using an older browser the site will not display properly. We believe this affects only a small, possibly empty, segment of users.