About Law and Policy Institutions Guide's Design:

Hypertext Markup Language remains the standard language for delivering content over the Web. In 2000, the World Wide Web Consortium issued a standard describing a new dialect of HTML, formulated according to two principles: disambiguation of format and content, and reformulation in accordance with the XML standards. This recommendation specifies XHTML, and this specification guides the markup of the Law and Policy Institutions Guide website.

Instead of requiring our characters to be an exact size, we encode our font sizes in relative terms. Thus, the size of all text is relative to the basic size determined by individual font encodings and browser settings. To increase the basic size of all fonts in Firefox, select View -> Increase Text Size from the menu bar. In Internet Explorer, versions 5.5 and greater, select View -> Text Size and then select the next larger size. Likewise, the basic font size can be reduced. If you are using an earlier version of Internet Explorer, you should consider upgrading to a newer browser.

The following list summarizes the compliance issues that currently apply to and verified for our website:

  1. A text equivalent for every non-text element shall be provided (e.g., via "alt")
  2. Web pages shall be designed so that all information conveyed with color is also available without color from context or markup
  3. Documents shall be organized to be read without requiring an associated style sheet
  4. Row and column headers shall be identified for data tables
  5. Permits users to skip repetitive navigation links

A web site will be in compliance with the 508 standards if it meets paragraphs (a) through (p) of Section 1194.22.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) mission: ”develop interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential. W3C is a forum for information, commerce, communication, and collective understanding.“