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This is general Accessites information such as our accessibility statement, glossary, FAQs, and privacy policy. If you can’t find the support you need, please contact us.

Accessibility Statement

We have attempted to make this site as accessible and usable as possible doing everything we can without editing the publishing platform’s core files. We have built in a vast number of features and improvements. We won’t bore you with the details but will instead let the features speak for themselves. In other words, if you need something to enjoy the site and access our content, whatever it may be, you should find that your needs have been met. If you do find difficulty using something, please tell us about it.

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Abbreviations/Acronyms Glossary

(Pronounced ask-kee.) American Standard Code for Information Interchange. This is a set of 128 characters used by computers.
(Pronounced aa-JACKS.) Asynchronous JavaScript and XML and is a web development technique used for creating interactive web applications.
Assistive Technology. This would include specialized hardware and software used to access web content via alternative ways.
Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. A test for determining whether a given user is a human being or another automated system
Content Management System. Any back-end software/application system used to manage the content of a web site, produce pages, handle navigation, etc. Often tied into a database and some server-side scripting language.
Cascading Style Sheet. A term used to describe a separated web design method. Also a file type used for styling.
Document Object Model. A language neutral program interface used to create dynamic content on the web.
Document Type Declaration. A short declaration used to tell user agents how a web document should be processed.
Frequently Asked Questions. As the name implies, the is a list of common questions and answers.
Guild of Accessible Web Designers. GAWDS is a world-wide association of organisations and accessible web designers and developers - designed to both promote and protect standards - not technical standards - but accessible web design standards.
(Pronounced gooey.) Graphical User Interface. This is what’s shown on a computer display. Form buttons for example.
HyperText Markup Language. A coding language used for making web pages.
HyperText Transfer Protocol. A communications protocol used for delivering web pages to a browser.
Information and Communication Technology. The name says it all. (Also: I.T. for Information Technology.)
Internet Explorer. A widely used but poorly performing web browser.
Internet Protocol. A communications protocol used for accessing the web. This is used primarily to define a connection number or “IP address.”
Kilobyte. 1000 bytes of data. (A byte equals approximately one character.)
Megabyte. (Spoken in long form.) 100 kilobytes of data.
Microsoft. A software manufacturing giant… you knew this one didn’t you?
Operating System. Software used to interact with computer hardware. Windows, for example, is an OS.
Portable Document Format. An electronic document that must be read with the Adobe Acrobat computer program.
PHP Hypertext Preprocessor. This is a popular server side scripting language.
The PICS specification enables labels (meta data) to be associated with Internet content. It was originally designed to help parents and teachers control what children access on the Internet, but it also facilitates other uses for labels, including code signing and privacy. The PICS platform is one on which other rating services and filtering software have been built.
Rich Internet Applications. Multimedia-rich web applications that have the intelligent features and functionality of traditional desktop applications.
Really Simple Syndication. A format of Extensible Markup Language or XML.
Search Engine Optimization. A collective of practices to enhance search engine web page indexing.
User Agent Accessibility Guidelines. Guidelines browsers or user agents need to adhere to to meet accessibility needs.
Uniform Resource Identifier. A web address.
Uniform Resource Locator. Also a web address.
World Wide Web Consortium. The governing organization of all things web.
Web Accessibility Initiative. A segment of the W3C focused on web accessibility.
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. These are written rules governing web accessibility as published by the W3C’s WAI.
(Pronounced wih-zee-wig.) What You See Is What You Get. An HTML publishing interface method used to show the author “outputted” markup instead of code characters.
Extensible HyperText Markup Language. A more extensible or expandable form of HTML.
eXtensible Markup Language. A language used to extend XHTML and is the basis of RSS.

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Frequently Asked Questions

These are some frequently asked questions.

What happens when I submit a site?
If it’s spam we simply delete your email. If it’s a legitimate submission we check it over briefly to see if it qualifies, then place it in a queue for a more indepth inspection.
How will I know if my submission made it into the queue?
We’ll send you an email telling you so. It is important your site remain in tip-top condition from that point on.
How long will I have to wait?
The inspection queue depth varies but if can go back several weeks. We’ll notify you of the results after it happens.
Will I get a formal written report?
No. We used to do it that way but proved too difficult for the team volunteers. We will give only the award level and a badge assuming one is given. Our reasoning will only be given in an impromptu manner if we have time. We will, however, make our observation notes available upon your request. These notes can be quite valuable.
My site isn’t valid, but I have a good reason. Can I submit?
Yes. If your site passes on all counts expect for a markup or style sheet validation error, and you have a sound reason for it — maybe it’s a CSS3 item — go ahead and submit the site and detail your awareness of the “error” and why it exists in the comments box. If you can, please provide an online source for verification in case we’re not familiar with the item.
If asked, will you provide help?
Maybe, if we have time. We want to help, above and beyond the resources we offer, but doing so can be a huge commitment. That said, many of the individual members are web developers whose services — including consultation — may be retained professionally.
I want to re-submit a site. May I?
Yes, but only after a period of two months has lapsed, and only if you’ve made significant improvements.
After my site’s in the queue, can I do a redesign?
We’d rather you didn’t until after the site is awarded. Doing a redesign forces us to re-do our work and has in the past caused problems. If we see you’re redesigning your site while it’s in the queue, we will have to remove you and ask that you resubmit when you’re done. If we’ve already started grading we’ll grumble at you.
Can I submit several sites that I think may qualify?
Absolutely. Submit as many qualifying sites as you wish.
Why do you have a requirement for […] in your Criteria?
Oh, just because. Okay, okay. Our criteria are based on what we consider best practices to help ensure a site’s accessibility and usability — to humans and machines. Some items, like requiring sites not scroll horizontally in 800×600 monitors, for example, is because a large number of users still use this resolution (often to “make stuff bigger”).

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Privacy Policy

Your privacy and ours have equal importance. In light of this fact, we will respect yours as if it were our own. We do give you a cookie, and we collect some information when you visit — your internet protocol or “IP” address, for instance, and your other contact information as well, if you decide to contact us or submit a site — but all of it, every character of text, every number, every byte of data, it all stays with us. We do not, and will not, and morally cannot, sell, lease, rent, gift, or in any way share your personal information. Period.

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