The Virtual Genome Project - 508 accessibility

We try to ensure accessibility of this Web site for all users. This site has been designed for use in a wide variety of browsers, screen readers, other Internet capable devices, and with other assistive technologies in mind. Improving the site‘s accessibility is a priority. If you use special adaptive equipment to access the Web and encounter problems when using our site, please contact, fcronk [at]

This site complies with Priority 1 of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 developed by the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).


For more information about Accessibility Opportunities at the University of Idaho., or contact:

  • Andy Neukranz-Butler
  • Human Rights Compliance Officer
  • College of Education, Suite 201
  • University of Idaho
  • Moscow, Idaho USA 83844-3080
  • voice: +01 (208) 885-4212
  • fax: +01 (208) 885-9201
  • email: anbutler [at]
  • www: UI HRCO


Standards compliance

This site adheres to numerous standards for maximum compatibility and accessibility.

  1. All pages are fully compliant with Section 508, adhering to all guidelines of the U.S. Federal Government Section 508 Guidelines
  2. All pages validate as XHTML 1.1.
  3. All pages use fully validated cascading style sheets.
  4. For your convienence this site does use of PDF and it links to sites that do. For information on using PDF documents, visit Adobe's page on PDF accessibility. If you have difficulty accessing pdf files on this site, please let us know and we will send the information to you in another format,
    fcronk [at]

Visual design

This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout.

  1. Multiple style sheets can be made available upon request.
  2. All stylesheets use only relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified "text size" option in visual browsers.
  3. Javascript is used on the site to implement drop menus and to open external windows that contain off site information.
  4. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.
  5. Netscape 4.7x is partially supported. For best results, upgrade to a more recent browser or, if that is not an option, disable the use of JavaScript and style sheets in the preferences.
  6. If you are interested in translating this site to another language, please let us know,
    biosci [at]

Other sites of Interest
The State of Idaho Web Publishing Guidelines
The Idaho Information Technology Resource Management Council (ITRMC) guidelines for Web publishing. ITRMC is charged with reviewing, evaluating and establishing information technology and telecommunications policies and systems for state agencies.

W3C Web Accessibility Initiative
WAI, in coordination with organizations around the world, pursues accessibility of the Web through five primary areas of work: technology, guidelines, tools, education and outreach, and research and development.

W3C Web Accessibility Checklist
Checklist of checkpoints for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0

Access Board
The Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities.

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act
requires access to electronic and information technology procured by Federal agencies. The Access Board developed accessibility standards for the various technologies covered by the law. These standards have been folded into the Federal government's procurement regulations.

The National Center on Accessible Information Technology in Education (AccessIT) at the University of Washington serves to increase the access of individuals with disabilities to information technology in educational institutions at all academic levels nationwide.

Idaho Blind and Visually Impaired Lab
The Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ICBVI) promotes choices and empowerment for people who are legally blind, functionally blind, or in danger of legal blindness, and to assist them to achieve gainful employment, independence, personal growth, and integration into the community.

Watchfire® WebXACT
WebXACT is a comprehensive web accessibility software tool designed to help expose and repair barriers to accessibility and encourage compliance with existing accessibility guidelines.

Cynthia Says - used on this site
Cynthia is a web content accessibility validation solution, it is designed to identify errors in design related to Section 508 standards and the WCAG guidelines.

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The Virtual Genome Project is funded by the National Science Foundation Microbial Genome Sequencing Program, Grant number: EF-0627988.
For more information contact: Dr. Eva Top, Professor of Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow, I.D. 83844-3051 U.S.A.
email: etop [at]