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For additional information, see the Accessibility Design and Features page.
If your browser supports hotkeys, the following hotkeys will move you around the page:
0 to return to the top of the page.
1 to skip navigation links and go to the main content.
2 to move to the top navigation links.
3 to skip the Introduction section.
4 to move to the side navigation links.
5 to move to the bottom navigation links (these include both the top and side navigation links).
6 for the search query input field.
7 to submit search query.
8 to use the Screen style sheet.
: to use the Negative style sheet.
9 to use the Text style sheet.
r to use the Text in large font style sheet.
# to print this page.
l to use the Aural style sheet.
& for Link Suggestion.
n for Name.
s for Subject.
m for Message.
p for Home Phone.
w for Work Phone.
d for Wireless Device / Pager.
x for Contact Preference.
e for E-mail.
f for Fax.
y for Company.
t for Street.
i for City.
a for State.
/ for Post or Zip Code.
o for Country.
u for URL.
b for Membership.
h for Membership Number.
z to Send the message.
c to Clear (reset) the form.
Access keys are activated by pressing
Alt (for Windows) or
control (for Mac) and the access key character (in some browsers, the access keys are activated by releasing the
control key, then pressing the access key character, then pressing the Enter key). The Tab key will also get you through the page.
Because Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) positioning rules are used in the style sheet, you may find that only Alt 1 (top) works in the latest visual browsers. All four keys should work in older browsers that don't support CSS positioning standards.
Pull browser window out or in to widen or shorten line length.
Welcome to the AccessAbility SIG of the Society for Technical Communication (STC), also known as the A-SIG. The A-SIG's mission is to (1) provide resources, information, and support to technical communicators with disabilities; (2) provide resources that will help technical communicators make the products they create accessible to end users with disabilities; and (3) provide strategic leadership in both areas through positive initiatives and open communication, both inside and outside the Society.
The AccessAbility SIG does not diagnose, prescribe, or endorse. We simply provide information to those who want it. For more information about product endorsements and other disclaimers, please see our Legal Information page.
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The A-SIG received a Community of Excellence Award and a Community of Distinction Award at the 53rd Annual Conference in Las Vegas!
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