…on standards and such. All the formal stuff:
This place aims to validate as xhtml 1.1 (for no other reason than being prepared). Besides the incidental glitch in news postings and comments, it will. The .css files won't validate, as we use some propietary values to fix issues, and even for decorative purposes.
First requirement for an accessible site is said to be having a validating site. We are, however, not complying with any of the guidelines for accessibility. We've read and learned from all (validators giving some clues), the rules are just hard to follow sometimes. The fact some of frontpage links are having same text ("comments") is a priority 1 violation, for instance. We won't change that, but we took most of WCAG 1.0 to heart.
This means we provide alt text for images (where are they, anyway), the obligatory ‘skip navigation’ link, title text for links when appropiate, headers and summary for tables when used, labels for forms, etc. But the main factor might well be the übersimple structure of these pages. We don't need a sitemap, as frontpage really is just that, all there is to it.
Our themes use relative fontsizes, so you can use your browser to enlarge text. There's a limit to that, as it will break design when enlarging too much. Our no-css ‘theme’ is a last option. It also, or foremost, serves as a test for pages, checkpoint for using semantic meaningful markup, pages being readable and layed out with proper tags (headers, paragraphs etc).
Accesskeys, not standardized any way (as we don't have much standard pages), are in place, underlined.
There's not much on these pages we can and/or would want to put a claim on, it being a portal to other content foremost. Anything extra common sense tells you is our work, please use it, just don't copy as is.
The latest incarnation of these pages requires you to tell even less about yourself. The only way to reveal information about you to us is by using the voluntary news submission form and anything you freely put inside a comment. As such, that is/could be made public. We won't share it, though anyone can get to it. Having regrets ? A serious request to delete something will not be ignored.
In general, we also track some user demographics, but not on a personal level. Also, a cookie is set when you choose a different theme. Your browser has the option to not accept them, and as such, why did you try anyway when you don't like cookies ;) ?