American Politics

About American Politics


The American Politics site is an ongoing collaborative project between the Department of Government and Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services at The University of Texas at Austin. The site's main purpose is to provide multimedia resources for students and professors of introductory government courses.


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Accessibility Statement

This site aims to comply with current accessibility standards. Below is a listing of accessibility features provided by this site.


  • All main pages use the HTML link element for home, chapter, and glossary pages to aid navigation in text-only browsers. Netscape 6 and Mozilla users can also take advantage of this feature by selecting the View menu, Show/Hide, Site Navigation Bar, Show Only As Needed (or Show Always).


  • All main pages on this site validate as HTML 4.01 Transitional. Additionally, the site's Cascading Style Sheets also validate.
  • All pages on this site strive to use structured semantic markup. For example, H1 tags are used for main chapter headings, H2 tags are used for titles, and H3 tags are used for subtitles.
  • This site employs relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified "text size" option in visual browsers.

Hypertext Links and Images

  • Many hypertext links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target (such as the title of a pop-up feature).
  • All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes.
  • Complex images in the pop-up features include LONGDESC attributes to explain the significance of each image to non-visual readers.

Additional Note

While this site is readable on most browsers, American Politics works best on the latest browsers with full CSS and Javascript support.


Accessibility information largely provided by Dive Into Accessibility. Standards set in place by The University of Texas at Austin's accessibility guidelines.