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Accessibility Statement

If you have any questions or comments about accessibility at Peiratikos, please email us at

Access Keys

Most web browsers support jumping to specific links by typing keys defined on the web site. On Windows, you can press ALT + an access key; on Macintosh, you can press Control + an access key.

On any page on Peiratikos, you can use the following access keys:

  • Access key 1 - Home page
  • Access key 2 - Skip to content
  • Access key 4 - Search
  • Access key 0 - Accessibility statement

Standards Compliance

  1. The pages on this site comply with all priority 1 guidelines of W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
  2. The pages on this site comply with with the United States federal government’s Section 508 guidelines.
  3. The pages on this site validate as XHTML 1.0 Transitional and use structured semantic markup.

If you think our site doesn’t conform well enough to these standards, please let us know.

Navigation Aids

  1. All pages have relevant rel=previous, next, up and home links to aid navigation in text-only browsers and screen readers. If you use Mozilla or Opera, you can configure your browser to show links.
  2. The archives are indexed by month, category and author (Steven and Rose).
  3. All pages include a search box (access key 4).


  1. Many links have title attributes that describe the link, if the text of the link doesn’t sufficiently describe the target.
  2. Links are usually written to make sense out of context. (We’re not perfect about this, but we try.)
  3. There are no fake javascript: links. All links can be followed in any browser, even with scripting turned off.
  4. There are no links that open in new windows without warning. In fact, there are no links that open in new windows at all.


All content images have descriptive alt attributes or, if necessary, longdesc attributes.

Visual Design

This site uses CSS for layout and style.

  1. Most modern browsers have a text zoom feature that you can use if you want to resize the text on a page. Internet Explorer has a limited text resizing feature, but it only works with relative font sizes. This site uses pixel-based font size, but visitors using Internet Explorer will see alternate relative font sizes that they can resize.
  2. If your browser or browsing device doesn’t support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable. (And if your browsing device supports stylesheets poorly, try this stripped-down version of the home page.)

Accessibility References

  1. W3C Accessibility Guidelines explains the reasons for each guideline.
  2. W3C accessibility techniques explains the how to implement each guideline.
  3. W3C accessibility checklist is a convenient outline of the guidelines.
  4. U.S. Federal Government Section 508 guidelines. Compliance is required for some web sites, but the guidelines useful for any site.

Accessibility Services and Resources

  1. WebXACT is a free service that analyses web pages for compliance with accessibility guidelines.
  2. The W3C provides a free Markup Validation Service for HTML and XHTML as well as a CSS Validation Service.
  3. Web Page Backward Compatibility Viewer is a free tool for viewing your web pages without various modern browser features.
  4. Dive Into Accessibility is a free online book by Mark Pilgrim about web accessibility techniques.

This accessibility statement uses the accessibility statement for Dive Into Accessibility as a template.