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In order to make this site more accessible, CHIN has employed templates which:
- are XHTML 1.0 Strict conformant, to improve compatibility with adaptive technologies, handheld devices, browsers and search engines;
- include major components, such as the common menu bar, side menu, and content area that are properly marked up with headings to simplify navigation with a screen reader;
- employ table-less layout and design to simplify screen reader navigation by reducing the structural complexity of Web pages;
- improve accessibility by allowing visitors to configure visual elements to meet their accessibility needs;
- use scalable fonts and text-based navigational elements to improve accessibility and simplify navigation using adaptive technologies;
- provide printer-friendly functionality in the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to render pages more compatible with printers and to prevent printing unnecessary page elements;
- separate visual presentation from the document structure;
- display the title value when a link gains keyboard focus; and
- employ skip navigation links at the beginning of the page for quickly moving to the content or the institutional links. These skip navigation links become visible when selected using a keyboard or other alternate input device.
Client-side CSS for enhancing accessibility
The design of the Web pages on this Website is flexible enough to allow you to configure the visual presentation to meet your accessibility needs by using a client-side Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) file.
Most browsers provide the ability to specify a client-side CSS file, which would be applied to every Web page on this Website that you visit. To take advantage of this feature, perform the following steps:
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