Alexandrite Tsarstone Collectors Guide (Alexandrite Guide) recognises the importance of providing a website that is accessible to all our user groups, including those with disabilities.
Our accessibility standards are in place with the intention of making the content accessible to the widest range of visitors, regardless of disability or impairment and by using techniques to help users of assistive and adaptive technologies we have provided multiple versions of the wbsite which everyone should be able to use.
It is our intention to provide as wide access as possible to this website. Should you experience any difficulties using the site we would very much like to hear about any such difficulties, so that we may take steps to rectify them.
Please contact us with details of the problem, the name and version of the browser you are using and, if possible, details of the operating system and screen settings you are using.
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Alexandrite Guide website is fully accessible to people with disabilities and obey the spirit of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) of 1995 with respect to the provision of services online, as required by the Disability Rights Commission (DRC). It conforms with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (Level Double-A) specified by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and was tested against WCAG Priority 1,2,3 and U.S. Section 508 Guidelines by the WebXACT and Cynthia.
All pages validate as XHTML 1.0 Transitional. The pages use Cascading Style Sheets which can be read by CSS-P compliant and non-compliant browsers. All pages use structured semantic markup.
Alexandrite Guide website is a self labelled website using the Internet Content Rating Association voluntary standard, because we, at Alexandrite Guide, realise the importance of protecting minors from unsuitable content and that´s why we label every page we serve with an ICRA label. It´s important to note no moral stance is adopted; it´s a question of responsibility, where webmasters are asked to identify whether certain elements exist on their website or not.
The Internet Content Rating Association, an international, non-profit organisation, offer responsible adults an opportunity to take an active informed decision on the suitability of website content for minors and other individuals within their care view while surfing the web. ICRA has long believed the best approach to protecting children online is through "user empowerment", giving families the tools to control their online experience. When used voluntarily, tools like ICRA´s empower families to match their online experience with their values, without compromising free expression or undermining other users access to information.
The centrepiece of the organization is the descriptive vocabulary, often referred to as "the ICRA questionnaire". Content providers check which of the 45 elements in the questionnaire are present or absent from their websites. This then generates a short piece of computer code known as an ICRA label that the webmaster then adds to the website. Users, especially parents of young children, can then use filtering software to allow or disallow access to web sites based on the information declared in the label.
The website contains a number of support materials and publications in PDF format, but we also include HTML versions of all the major documents currently in PDF format You may need an up-to-date verison of the Adobe Acrobat Reader, or similar PDF viewing software, in order to view and print some files. If you do not have the latest version installed, you can download it from the Adobe website.
This website uses cascading style sheets (CSS) for visual layout and presentation. The site is best viewed in a "standards compliant" web browser with proper stylesheet support, such as a recent version of Internet Explorer (5+), Netscape, Opera or Firefox. If you are using a browser which does not support style sheets (such as a PDA or text-only browser), or an older browser with poor stylesheet support (such as Netscape 4), the content of each page should still be fully accessible, but will be presented in plain-text format.