This site has been designed using the latest in web-standards and a series of high-quality design methodologies to ensure that the site and it's contents remains open to all users - regardless of technology, ability or connection.

The site has been validated and verified against the following industry standards:

  • W3C Consortium - Web Accessibility Initiative
  • W3C Consortium - XHTML Coding Standards
  • W3C Consortium - Cascading Stylesheet Standards

What these standards mean

Web Accessibility Initiative logo - Triple-A Priority W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines - Web Accessibility Initiative - AAA Priority

The ultimate in web accessibility standards, this status indicates that the site has been checked against the highest in web accessibility standards.  Users are able to use this site regardless of browser, footprint of platform, ability of the user or the constraint of the connection.

For information on the W3C Accessibility Standards v1.0, visit the WAI Homepage at W3C. (External link)

XHTML compliance logo W3C XHTML 1.1 Markup Standard

As technology drives web access forward, so the standards must follow.  XHTML represents a high-standard of web page markup, bring the benefits of HTML and combining those with the strenth of XML.  All pages on this site have been validated against the XHTML 1.0 validator available at W3C.  However, this site goes further than 1.0, and meets 1.1 specifications.

For information on the W3C XHTML mark-up standard, visit the XHTML 1.1 Specification at W3C. (External link)

Cascading Stylesheets logoW3C Cascading Stylesheets v2.0 Standard

Cascading Stylesheets provide the ability to add style and effects to web-page to liven it up and to make it a lot more pleasing to the eye.  Effective use of CSS can allow a web site to separate its content from its formatting, providing the raw content to accessible and low-bandwidth browsers, without adding the overhead of graphics and formatting that are often unsuitable for certain browsers.  This site uses a variety of stylesheets to effectively transform content for down-level browsers.

For information on the W3C CSS 2.0 standard, visit the CSS Homepage at W3C. (External link)