MERIL is committed to providing a website that’s accessible—and usable—to all visitors, including those using screen reading software. Use the toolbar at the top of the page to resize fonts, change contrast or translate to a different language.
To the best of our knowledge, our site complies with two key sets of accessibility recommendations: the U.S. Federal Government’s Section 508 guidelines, and the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (Priority 1). In practice this means that the site adheres to certain common sense rules of web development, of which some examples follow.
- Relative font sizing. This technique ensures that all visitors can easily change the site’s default font size in their browser.
- Link text clearly identifies the destination of each link. While this technique benefits everyone, it’s essential for blind and visually impaired visitors using special browsers that can extract a list of links from the page to aid navigation.
- Information conveyed with color is also indicated without color. Another technique that improves usability for everyone, this is especially helpful for visitors that are colorblind, who have difficulty identifying links that rely on color only.
The Department of Justice has launched a new Accessible Technology section for ADA.gov, its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website, to further assist covered entities and people with disabilities to understand how the ADA applies to certain technologies, such as websites, electronic book readers, online courses, and point-of-sale devices. Covered entities have longstanding obligations to make their programs, goods, services, and activities accessible—including those they provide online or via other technology. The new web pages compile in one place the Department’s technical assistance and guidance about accessible technology, as well as information about the Department’s accessible technology enforcement efforts, regulation development, and other federal accessible technology resources and initiatives.