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About the Web Site

Purpose and Organization

The purpose of this web site is to facilitate communications and organize the materials being produced by the Committees of the MesoAmerican-Caribbean Sea Hydrographic Commission.


Every attempt has been made to make this site compliant with Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Additionally, we have provided a link to a detailed Site Index on every page. This index provides a direct link to all the pages in the site.

Please notify us of any specific accessibility problems that you encounter, or any suggestions you might have on how we could improve the access to the site. Please email these comments and suggestions to: erich.frey@noaa.gov.

Technical Information

Browsers. This site is best viewed in Netscape, version 6.0 and above, or Internet Explorer, version 5.0 and above. Web site visitors using earlier versions of these browsers may encounter occasional format anomalies when viewing and printing pages from the Web site. Performance of this site has not been tested on browsers other than Netscape and Internet Explorer.

Links. External sites that are accessed by these links will launch a new browser session in a single, separate browser window. A number of links to non-U.S. government sites are included. Users are notified that they are leaving a U.S. government Web site by a separate page that appears on screen for approximately 20 seconds.

Fonts and Type Sizes. Verdana is the default font for this site; 9 point is the default size. All browsers allow users to select specific fonts and type sizes for display. Some users select large type sizes for ease of reading, or specific fonts for personal tastes. The text and layout should not be adversely affected by a user's selection of alternative fonts and type sizes.

Printing Pages. This site has been designed to ensure simple printing in portrait format.

Downloadable Documents. Some documents on this site are available as downloadable files in Portable Document Format (pdf). These files can be viewed on microcomputers equipped with recent versions of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free.

There are some known issues with downloading PDF documents, particularly on Windows systems, due to conflicting changes in the way in which Acrobat Reader and various browsers talk to one another. But there is a simple work-around: if you right-click (Windows) or option-click (Macintosh) on the link, the entire file will be sent to your machine, and then you can open it off your own hard drive using Acrobat Reader.

Index. A link to the site index appears on every page. The site index is a complete listing of every page on the site and includes links to each of those pages.

Privacy Policy. A link to the NOAA's Privacy Policy appears on every page providing information on protecting your privacy online.

For Further Technical Information. For questions or comments about the technical aspects of this site, e-mail: erich.frey@noaa.gov.