Some comments and instructions in this page are for audio browsers and users who browse this site with screen readers. If you can see this paragraph and you are not using a text-only or screen reader browser, either the style sheet for screen viewing didn't load (if so, click on "refresh" to reload the style sheet), or you need to use a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards-supporting browser that has full HTML 4.0.1 Strict and cascading style sheet (CSS) level 2 support. (For information about these browsers, see Standards-supporting browsers.) The Society for Technical Communication is a W3C member: http://www.w3.org/
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.
All browsers have variations in how they implement HTML and CSS standards. We code to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web standards for HTML 4.0.1 Strict instead of the ever changing browsers. The Society for Technical Communication is a W3C member: http://www.w3.org/
As of December 2003, there are at least 251 browser/platform combinations for Web developers and designers to consider. Among the ones that do support the standards, there are varying degrees of compliance to the standards. Therefore, it is important for us to limit the number of browsers that we support. For this reason, we have one style sheet that supports the popular W3C standards-compliant browsers such as Firefox 0.9+, Lynx 2.8.5+, Mozilla 1.8+, Netscape 7+, and Opera 7+ on the Macintosh and Windows platforms; and Safari 1+ and Camino 0.8+ for the Macintosh platform. The IE 5.2 browser for Macintosh and current versions of the IE 6 for Windows browser do not fully comply with the HTML 4.0.1 Strict and CSS level 2 standards and will, therefore, have a few display problems.
If you are not using one of the standards-supporting browsers, our site does not appear as the intended design. However, you are still able to navigate the site and access its content in nonstandards-supporting browsers using the text mode style sheets.
Browser upgrades are FREE and easy to install. Upgrading your browser will enhance your experience with our Web site and with many other sites on the Internet. An upgrade will allow you to use and view Web sites as their design is intended and allow you to benefit from features that are not available to older browsers.
There are some modifications in the style sheet to handle variations from the standards in the IE 6 Windows browser. New releases of existing browsers may alter how they implement the W3C HTML and CSS standards. Let us know what browser and operating system you are using if the browser you are using does support the W3C standards but you landed on this page. Send a message to the .
The selection of which browser to use may not be under your control. However, if you do have control over what software you are using, the following browsers support most web standards including CSS, HTML, and XHTML.
The following browsers provide full support for CSS2, HTML 4.0.1 Strict, and accessibility / Section 508 features. Some provide partial support for CSS3.
The following browsers provide partial support for CSS2, HTML 4.0.1 Strict, XHTML, and accessibility / Section 508 features.
The following browsers provide almost full support for CSS1 and HTML 4.0.1 Transitional with partial support for CSS2.
For a complete list of the current browsers that support CSS, see CSS Browsers. This list includes links to download sites for each browser.
The Web standards are developed and maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium. The standards ensure that the Web will work better for all users. New browsers and recent updates to most browsers support the W3C standards.
For more information about W3C standards for Accessibility and CSS, see
Send comments, questions, and suggestions to the A-SIG Co-Managers directly:
Send link suggestions and Web comments to the .