Scitation Accessibility Statement
The American Institute of Physics (AIP) is committed to making Scitation, as well as all of its component journal and digital library sites accessible to all our customers.
The status of Scitation's compliance is as follows:
- Scitation and its subsites meet basic accessibility standards for the visually impaired
- Scitation designers and developers are actively engaged in an accessibility survey of all sites
- Any parts of Scitation or any Scitation subsites that do not meet accessibility standards can be brought to the attention of the Accessibility Coordinator.
Scitation HTML, JSP, and PDF Files
The content served on Scitation and its subsites are in standard HTML and JSP format. These formats are accessible to users with screen readers and text browsers. A subset of publications offers the full text of articles in HTML format, complete with inline figures and equations (all of which have alternate image tags that can be read by screen readers and text browsers).
PDF is the format of choice for preserving the content and layout of the print publications that serve as the source for the online publications hosted on Scitation. PDF documents on Scitation are most easily viewed and printed using the Adobe Acrobat Reader™, version 6.0 or higher. You may freely download the Acrobat Reader directly from Adobe Systems, Inc.
NOTE: Users with screen readers will need to get a plug-in at Adobe's Accessibility Tools Page to read PDF files.
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and Imaging use
Scitation uses accessible colors and fonts throughout its sites. These are generated with CSS. Certain Scitation sites may require adjustments. To disable the default styles/views of the site, please check your browser's 'Preference' or 'Options' menu. Also, many Scitation sites feature an option to switch between "text-only navigation" or, the default, "graphical navigation."
Scitation has implemented use of "ALT" and "TITLE" tags, including all special characters rendered as inline or displayed images in HTML documents (especially diacritics), as well as all equations appearing in full-text HTML.
Web Accessibility Resources
The following links collectively form a primer on accessibility standards and related issues that Scitation developers and designers regularly consult:
- http://www.section508.gov/ - U.S. General Services Administration site charged with the dissemination of information regarding Section 508.
- http://www.access-board.gov/sec508/guide/act.htm - an online copy of the actual Section 508 document(s).
- Web Accessibility Initiative - affiliated with the World Wide Web Consortium. Coordinates with organizations around the world to increase the accessibility of the Web through five primary areas of work: technology, guidelines, tools, education and outreach, and research and development. See, in particular, the W3C WAI Policy Pages, which cover international policies related to web accessibility, including the relevant sections of the United Kingdom's Disability Discrimination Act (1995).
- Yahoo's Catalog of Assistive Computer Technology - comprehensive index of sources for accessibility-enhancing devices and software, including screen-reading software.
If you have any comments about our current level of accessibility, compliance with prevailing standards, or suggestions for improvement, please contact the Accessibility Coordinator.