Accessibility Statement

Representing an organization that educates for equality, complies with the current accessibility guidelines, making browsing easier to all users. This is a noticeable effort by IRWF members to reach universal access: optimized by all varieties of browsers, tools for people with disabilities, mobile phones, electronic organizers and other devices with Internet access.

Access keys

Most browsers support jumping to specific links by typing keys defined on the web site. On Windows, you can press ALT + an access key; on Macintosh, you can press Control + an access key.

All pages on this site define the following access keys:

  • Access key 1: Home page
  • Access key 2: Skip to menu
  • Access key 4: Search
  • Access key 5: Site map
  • Access key 9: Contact info

Standards compliance

  1. All pages on this site validate as XHTML 1.0 Strict. This is not a judgement call; a program can determine with 100% accuracy whether a page is valid XHTML. For example, check the home page for XHTML validity. Usage of a standard format ensures that memories kept in these pages will be readable within 10 or 50 years.
  2. All pages within this site have been submitted to TAW (Web Accessibility Test, in Spanish). This is a judgement call; many guidelines are intentionally vague and can not be tested automatically. We have reviewed all the guidelines and believe that all these pages are in compliance.
  3. All pages on this site are WCAG AAA approved, complying wih all priority 1, 2, and 3 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Again, a judgement call. While some guidelines can be automatically tested, others can’t. We have reviewed all the guidelines and believe that all these pages are in compliance.
  4. All pages on this site are Section 508 approved, complying with all of the U.S. Federal Government Section 508 Guidelines. As with WCAG guidelines, we have run automated tests where available, and reviewed other guidelines for full compliance.
  5. All pages on this site use structured semantic markup. H1 tags are used for main titles, H2 tags for subtitles.

Navigation aids

  1. Rel links have been included to aid navigation in text-only browsers
  2. All pages have rel=home, rel=contact and rel=up links
  3. Article pages use next links leading to the next article within the section.
  4. Pages available in other language use rel=alternate links.
  5. This feature is available by default in the Lynx and Opera browsers. Netscape 6+ and Mozilla users can also take advantage of this feature by selecting the View menu, Show/Hide, Site Navigation Bar, Show Only As Needed (or Show Always).


  1. Most links are written to make sense out of context.
  2. Link text is unique within the same page.


  1. Navigation images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes.
  2. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes.
  3. Content images used in articles or galleries use an empty ALT, falling back this role to the image’s caption.

Visual design

  1. This site uses cascading style sheets (Valid CSS 2.1) for visual layout.
  2. This site uses only relative font sizes. Users can enlarge fonts as desired using the ”View > Text size” menu in their browsers.
  3. If the browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.