Accessibility Statement

This is currently work in progress and over the next month all provisions listed below will be implemented.

If you have any questions or comments about the accessibility of this website, feel free to email Ely Museum at

Access keys

Most browsers support jumping to specific links by typing keys defined on the web site, these are know as accesskeys.

Windows Internet Explorer users can make use of accesskeys by holding down Alt and the correct key to focus on a link, then pressing the Enter key to follow the link.

Macintosh Computer users can press Control + an access key.

The home page and all additional pages define the following access keys:

Standards compliance

All pages comply with priority 1 guidelines of the W3 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and the U.S. Federal Government Section 508 Guidelines.

All pages validate as XHTML Strict.

All pages use structured semantic markup. For example, on the visitor information page H3 tags are used for paragraph sub–titles. In particular, this enables JAWS users to skip to the next post using ALT+INSERT+2.


Many links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target (such as the headline of an article).

Whever possible, links are written to make sense out of context. Many browsers (such as JAWS, Home Page Reader, Lynx, and Opera) can extract the list of links on a page and allow the user to browse the list, separately from the page.

Link text is never duplicated; two links with the same link text always point to the same address.

There are no links that open new windows without warning.


All content images used in all pages include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes.

Visual design

This site and all its archives use cascading style sheets for visual layout.

Internet Explorer has a limited text resizing feature. To access these features go to the top menu and select the 'View' menu and then navigate down to 'Text Size'.

If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.