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What Makes Our Web site Accessible?

  • Clean, Simple and Consistent
    Our website uses simple information architecture with uniform navigation and reliable headings throughout. Content layout and graphical design are consistent on every page.
  • "Skip To:" Menu
    The "Skip to" navigation appears at the top of each page. It allows the user to jump to the content area, accessibility page, or footer, and skip the navigation and other header elements, which repeat on every page.
  • The Navigation
    The main navigation, located just below the title banner (California logo and branding banner), uses lists. Lists make it easier for screen readers to literally read down the list without having to sort through unnecessary code. Lists also allow the users to use the tab key to move from link to link.
  • Breadcrumb Navigation (If Applicable)
    Breadcrumbs, located at the top of each page (except for the homepage) and directly below the main navigation, let you know where you are and where you have been, or where a particular file resides. Breadcrumbs make it easier to navigate your way back to the root folder.
  • Images With Alternative Text
    Photographs and other relevant images on the site are accompanied by alternative text (the ALT tag.) Alt tags provide a written description of the image, which is accessible to screen readers, and it is visible when the mouse is placed over the image. This is also useful for people who have images turned off on their browser, in which case a description will display where the image used to be.
  • Relative Font Sizing
    Relative font size can be enlarged using magnification tools or by changing your browser settings.
  • Style Sheets
    Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are used for content layout and graphical elements (color, font styles, custom titles and subtitles, etc.) Using CSS for styling keeps our HTML clean, streamlined, easier to maintain, and it downloads faster. Style sheets can be replaced by the user’s own styles.
  • Accessible Via Mouse or Keyboard
    You can use the mouse or keyboard to navigate through our information. The Tab key will move the cursor from link to link.
  • Access Keys
    Access keys are keyboard shortcuts that help you get around the site. Use "Alt" + "S" to access search box.
  • No Sound, No Images, No Problem
    Content is accessible without sound, color, scripts or graphics.
  • Improved Search Engine
    Google search engine provides more relevant results than our previous state search application.

Customize Your Browser to Fit Your Needs.

Change font size

In most browsers (i.e. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Netscape), you can change the font size by following the steps below:

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Click View from the top menu bar.
  3. Click Text Size.
  4. Select your option.

If your browser uses a different naming convention and you do not see this path, please check the Help menu on your browser. The Help menu is usually the last option on the top menu bar, and it can often be accessed by pressing the keys "Alt" + "H".

In addition, newer browser versions have a magnifying tool that lets you zoom into a page and display all elements at 150 percent, 200 percent, etc. Look for the magnifying tool with a "+" character. This icon is typically located at the bottom of your browser, on the right, or at the top, below the standard menu tools, on the right. Furthermore, the keyboard shortcut to access this tool is: "Ctrl" + "Shift" + "+" to zoom in, and "Ctrl" + "Shift" + "-" to zoom out.

Shortcuts

  • Keyboard shortcuts: This is a list of the most common keyboard shortcuts in Firefox, and the equivalents in Internet Explorer and Opera (from Firefox website).
  • Mouse shortcuts: This is a list of the most common mouse shortcuts in Firefox, and the equivalents in Internet Explorer and Opera. The shortcuts are for Windows, but most of the Firefox shortcuts should work in Linux, too (from Firefox website).
  • Internet Explorer keyboard shortcuts.

Add-ons

Change CSS

Below is the step by step process on how to change the style sheet file in Internet Explorer. For other browsers please check the Help menu.

  1. Click Tools from the top menu bar.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. Select the General tab (first tab).
  4. Click on the Accessibility button (bottom section, Appearance).
  5. Click on check boxes to ignore all colors and font styles and size and/or
  6. Click on check box: "Format documents using my style sheet"
  7. Browse to your personal style sheet and
  8. Click OK

We are constantly updating our content and striving to make it accessible. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact our Webmaster.

Difficulty Accessing Material

If you have difficulty accessing any material on this site because of a disability, please contact us in writing and we will work with you to make the information available. You can direct your request to our Webmaster.