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Welcome to the Biomedical Engineering design pages.


General information about this site

Contacting the webmaster

Near the bottom of most pages is an e-mail link to the webmaster for a particular page. You can use the access key a to get to the contact information (more information about access keys). Many of the pages are archives from past semesters and the webmaster listed may not still be working on that project. In these cases, you may contact the BME Design student webmaster or Professor Willis Tompkins, the owner and advisor for the design pages.

Markup languages used on this web site

Most pages on this site adhere to HTML 4.01 or to the newer XHTML 1.0 standards set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium. Most visual formatting is achieved through cascading style sheets.

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File formats on this web site

Many of the pages on this web site simply require a web browser for viewing. Several other programs or viewers would be useful for opening some content on the site:

Occassionally, you may come across a file that is not in the formats listed above. In that case, if you are having problems opening a particular file, please e-mail the BME Design student webmaster.

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Plain and/or ugly pages

Most of the pages on this web site follow a template which uses cascading style sheets (CSS) for nearly all visual formatting. For those using older browsers that do not support CSS, these pages will look very plain. Why was this site designed with CSS and very little other formatting for individuals with older browsers? Several reasons: (1) CSS allows the webmaster to easily change the look of the site in one centralized location, (2) formatting tags "pollute" HTML documents and make them hard to maintain, and (3) formatting tags may even make HTML pages inaccessible.

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Password protected pages

Some of the design pages on the site are protected by a password. This is done to protect proprietary information of outside companies and to protect material that may be patented in the near future. If you need to access these pages, please e-mail the BME student webmaster.

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Accessibility Information

Accessibility levels

All of the pages on this site should meet the Section 508 accessibility guidelines from the United States Federal Disabilities Act (1998). Many pages also meet the more stringent W3C Level Double-A Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Some pages on this site also meet the most stringent Level Triple-A guidelines. If you have any problems at all with web accessibility, please e-mail the BME student webmaster.

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Hidden text

Near the beginning and end of each page, there are a number of links and other text that is hidden for visual browsers through cascading style sheets. This hidden text is present because it increases the accessibility of a page although it may make the page less visually appealing without style sheets.

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Access keys

On most pages on the site, there are many common access keys that one can use to skip to particular parts of a given web page. On Windows machines, access keys are frequently used in conjunction with the Alt key (e.g., Alt + n). On Macintosh machines, access keys are generally used in conjunction with the Cmd key. A list of access keys used most places on the site:

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Valid XHTML 1.0!
Valid CSS!
Bobby WorldWide approved, Level Triple-A!
Labeled with the Internet Content Rating Association.
Owner: Willis Tompkins, Ph.D.
Author: Bern Jordan
Created: 25 September 2002
Content updated: 29 September 2002

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