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"All web pages built today must be usable tomorrow"

To ensure this Forward Compatible has constructed the Friends of Libraries Australia web site to meet the following criteria:


Accessibility means presenting information on the internet in a way that users with disabilities or visual or motor impairment or users in environments that are less than optimal for interacting with computer technology are able to access this information. Accessible web sites are also mandated by State and Federal legislation. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has developed some accessibility standards to promote accessibility.

The Friends of Libraries Australia web site meets W3C Accessibility Level AA and all Priority 2 requirements.


The protection of privacy of users' personal information is required by State and Federal law. Forward Compatible has performed a privacy audit on this site and produced an appropriate privacy statement based on legislative guidelines.

Code structure and Validation

Forward Compatible has made the Friends of Libraries Australia site flexible for the future by coding in XML-compliant XHTML. XML-compliant technologies can access data on these pages now and in the future via an XML structure. The Friends of Libraries Australia web site is no longer limited by the web browser.

This web site validates to a XHTML 1.0 Transitional standard.

Screen size

Visitors to the Friends of Libraries Australia site can have lots of different screen sizes set to different resolutions. The Friends of Libraries Australia web site can be viewed at a resolution as low as 800 x 600 pixels and fit comfortably on a 15-inch monitor.

Cross browser and cross version compatible

Visitors to the Friends of Libraries Australia site can have lots of different browsers and different versions of these browsers. Forward Compatible has developed and tested this site back to Netscape 6 and Internet Explorer 5.5.

CSS Stylesheet

The Friends of Libraries Australia web pages completely separate the information from the presentation by extensively using style sheets. Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) allow all the presentation instructions to be separated and controlled in one file, ensuring cross site consistency with the design and look of the site, and allowing faster maintenance. The web site is constructed so that it degrades gracefully where CSS is partially or not used.

Extensive use of style sheets also allows the visitor to use their own style sheets to present the page to their own requirements.

Forward Compatible has used a style sheet that validates to CSS Level 2.

For more information on this and to enquire about a Forward Compatible web site for you, contact Forward Compatible at info@forwardcompatible.com.au or visit the Forward Compatible web site at www.forwardcompatible.com.au.

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