Page display in web browsers

Our goal is to make the information on available to everyone who comes to this site.

People who visit this site use many different web browsers, and many different versions of those web browsers, on many different types of computers. Different web browsers, and different versions of web browsers, can often display the same Web site in different ways.

We have tested this site in many different web browsers, especially those that are most commonly used. While there might be a slight difference from one browser to another, we have worked to ensure that the site displays essentially the same and is functional in the following web browsers:

Internet Explorer for Windows
Versions 5, 5.5, 6, and 7
Firefox for Windows, Mac, and Linux
Versions 1.5 and 2.0
Pages should also display fine for other similar browsers, such as Mozilla and Camino (for Mac) that use the Gecko rendering engine.
Netscape for Windows and Mac
Version 7 and above
Safari for Mac
Version 1.2 and above
Opera for Windows, Mac, and Linux
Versions 8.5 and 9.0

While we do want to provide the information on this site to all users, some older web browsers are unable to handle newer web layout techniques. In order to still provide information to users with older browsers, while avoiding problems with layouts that could make this information difficult to read, a simpler version of the design is provided for older browsers. This includes the following browsers:

Internet Explorer for Windows
Version 4 and lower
Internet Explorer for Mac
Version 5 and lower
Version 4 and lower

As much as we would like to make the viewing experience perfect for all users, that is not always possible. There may be some difficulties in the following browsers:

Netscape 6 for Windows and Mac
While few people still use version 6 of Netscape, there may be some who have not yet upgraded to version 7. Unfortunately, Netscape 6 does have problems with displaying newer web layouts correctly, and there is not an easy way to provide a simpler version of the site for users of Netscape 6. If this is causing a problem for you, please let us know, and we will see how we can help.
Konqueror for Linux

In our testing of the web browser Konqueror, we discovered that a feature of this web browser—which allows you to set the minimum size that a font displays—may cause problems in viewing this site. Since this setting is controlled by users, there is not a good way to ensure that these problems do not occur.

Additionally, while Konqueror uses a similar rendering engine as the Safari browser for Mac, some of the techniques used to make this site display correctly in the Safari browser for Mac do not work in Konqueror. The display problems that occur are relatively minor. However, if this is causing a problem for you, please let us know, and we will see how we can help.

While we have tried to test as many web browsers as possible, there are many browsers out there and many versions of those browsers, and we may not have tested your web browser. If you are experiencing difficulties in using this site, please let us know. If you can describe the error you are experiencing and let us know which version of which browser you are using, along with which page you seeing the error on, it will help us to fix the problem.

We may not be able to fix the problem you are experiencing without negatively impacting others who use this site, but we can try to take a look and see if we can help.

Page display in larger monitors

This site is designed to be viewable on monitors with a minimum screen resolution of 800x600.

Many newer monitors are wider, and thus have a higher screen resolution. On larger monitors, the main content of each page stays the same page and floats in the middle of the web browser. Changing the size of the window will change how much space is on either side of the main content but will not change the size of the content itself.

The text on each page has a defined width to make the length of each line of text as easy to read as possible. Extremely short lines or extremely long lines of text can be difficult to read, which is why the main content of each page does not change in width when a web browser window changes in size.

If you increase the size of the text, the entire layout increases in width as well. This feature helps people who have difficulties in reading text at small sizes. You can learn more about this feature on the vision impairment assistance page.