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Image of GlobeAuthoritative HIV/AIDS information for international dissemination through innovative technologies
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Technology Approach
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The Center for HIV Information (CHI), a program of the University of California San Francisco, partners with government agencies, private foundations, and international organizations to identify and develop information on HIV care, prevention, and policy. This information is disseminated to care providers, researchers, and policymakers nationally and worldwide through electronic media, including Internet and CD-ROM. CHI develops strategies for reaching areas and individuals in greatest need of high-quality, practical information on HIV/AIDS.

As a program with a global reach, CHI strives to connect with the largest audience possible and, at the same time, to take advantage of cutting-edge technology that provides maximum efficiency and flexibility. Our sites are "dynamic," meaning that information can be stored in one place but also can be easily presented at multiple locations and in different ways. While this makes the inner workings of our projects fairly complex, we aim for a clean, simple, and accessible exterior. We approach this goal in several ways.

  • We attempt to comply with HTML standards on our Web sites and CD-ROMs. Our content is accessible to people using older browsers.
  • We manage site updates with an eye toward the latest browsers, protocols, and security alerts. Users have access to the latest versions of our files, regardless of their personal browser versions or settings.
  • We offer text-only versions of all our email newsletters. Our email newsletters are available and legible to people with older email software.
  • We minimize the use of technologies not widely supported by common browsers, and the use of unnecessary images. Our sites work well with slower connections and older computers.
  • We solicit feedback from users to learn what works and what doesn't.
  • We monitor accessibility guidelines and try to adhere to them whenever possible.
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