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Accessibility Information

This is the official accessibility statement for The UNT Aquatic Ecology Labs . If you have any questions or comments about this site, please e-mail Jim Kennedy. The University maintains a campus wide policy, last updated on 7/29/2003, on departmental websites. It can be found at http://www.unt.edu/policy/UNT_Policy/volume2/5_1.html.

Accessibility Features


  1. All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes.
  2. Complex images include LONGDESC attributes or inline descriptions to explain the significance of each image to non-visual readers.


  1. 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).
  2. Links are written to make sense out of context.
  3. All links are negotiable via the tab key.
  4. User Agents that support the link element may navigate this site in an ordered fashion much like a book. In addition, this site has a sitemap, or contents page, to aid in content navigation.
  5. Accesskeys are not implemented. Although this feature may prove helpful to some, the risk of overriding default keys of some programs like JAWS is to great.

Standards compliance

  1. All pages on this site are Watchfire WebXact AAA approved.
  2. All pages on this site is WCAG AAA approved, complying with all priority 1, 2, and 3 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
  3. All pages on this site are Section 508 approved, complying with all of the U.S. Federal Government Section 508 Guidelines.
  4. All pages on this site validate as XHTML 1.0 Transitional.
  5. All pages on this site employ a degree of structured semantic markup. Pages are structured with headings, paragraphs, lists, and other html tags. Many lesser used tags, such as abbr have been used to aid user agents understand the content within its context. Pages are layed out with CSS and not tables.

Visual design

  1. This site uses cascading style sheets for aspects of its visual and presentational layout.
  2. This site uses both relative and absolute font sizes.
    1. Mozilla and Opera users may alter the size of the page text via the Browser's View : Page Styles feature or the + and - keys. Internet Explorer users may increase or decrease the text size of body content by choosing View : Text Size.
  3. If your browser does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.
  4. Please report any problems you may have regarding the page's styled layout to mmdl@library.unt.edu

External Accessibility Resources

Accessibility references

  1. W3 accessibility guidelines, which explains the reasons behind each guideline.
  2. U.S. Federal Government Section 508 accessibility guidelines.
  3. State of Texas Department of Information Resources SRRPUB11 World Wide Web Design Standards and Coding Guidelines. Web Accessibility and Usability Section.

Accessibility software

It is important to note that no software is yet capable of rendering web-based content completely suitable to web designers and all of their prospective users. In addition, there is no consensus among the major software application vendors on how content should correctly render. What follows is a list of applications that you may find helpful in comprehending the contents of this site, depending on your needs.

  1. JAWS, a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited, downloadable demo is available.
  2. Home Page Reader, a screen reader for Windows. A downloadable demo is available.
  3. Lynx, a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.
  4. Links, a free text-only web browser for visual users with low bandwidth.
  5. Opera, a visual browser with many accessibility-related features, including text zooming, user stylesheets, and image toggle. A free downloadable version is available. Compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and several other operating systems.
  6. Mozilla and Firefox, visual browser suite and a smaller independent browser, respectively. Both employ and support many accessibility features including text zooming, user stylesheets, and image toggle. Both are open-source and freely available for use and modification. Compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and several other operating systems.


We are currently seeking student lab assistants to process biological field samples.

Contact Us

Phone: 940-565-2981
Email: kennedy@unt.edu