Government Compliance: Website Accessibility

by Local JobNetwork™, Monday, March 14, 2011
Contact Us
Nashville, TN
phone: 800-984-3775 Send email
About Us

WEBSITE ACCESSIBILITY


Accessibility of Online Application Systems
Our goal is to provide a reasonable web experience for job seekers and employers. Below is a list of integrated technology solutions to make our website easier to navigate, load and access. Read below to learn how to customize your browser to improve the usability and readability of the site.

What Makes Our Website 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.
  • Navigation
    The main navigation uses tabs, which is located below the logo banner. Tabs make it easier for screen readers to read across the site without having to sort through unnecessary code. Tabs allow users to use the tab key to move from section to section.
  • 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 is visible when the mouse is placed over the image. This is useful for people who have images turned-off of the browser, and a description display where the image would appear.
  • 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.

    To turn CSS off, and access the content without any formatting, download and install the Internet Explorer Developer toolbar or the Firefox Web Developer toolbar. The toolbars allow users to turn CSS on and off with a simple click, and it gives users access to other helpful tools. If you use a different browser, do an Internet search for access intended for your particular browser.
  • Fluid Sizing Display
    The width of our pages changes and adapts to the width of your browser. This is noticeable if you have a large screen and/or use high resolution for your monitor. Our website is viewed best at a minimum of 1024 x 768 pixels.
  • Accessible via Mouse or Keyboard
    Use the mouse or keyboard to navigate through the website's information. The tab key will move the cursor from link to link.
  • Access Keys
    Access keys are keyboard shortcuts that help users navigate the site.
  • No Sound, No Images, No Problem
    Content is accessible without sound, color, scripts or graphics.

Customize Your Browser to Fit Your Needs

Change Font Size

  • Browsers; such as, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Netscape allow users to change the font size by following these steps:
    • Open your browser
    • Click the View button from the top menu bar
    • Move the cursor to Text Size
    • Select your text size preference

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

  • Newer browser versions have a magnifying tool that lets you zoom into a page and display the elements at 150%, 200%, etc. Look for the magnifying tool with a "+" character. The icon is typically located at the bottom right of the browser or at the top right (below the standard menu tools). The keyboard shortcut to access the tool is "Ctrl" + "Shift" + "+" to zoom in and "Ctrl" + "Shift" + "-" to zoom out.

Shortcuts

  • Internet Explorer keyboard shortcuts
    Click on the link above to access a list of keyboard shortcuts, which allows users to perform different tasks quickly or to work without a mouse (from the Windows website).

  • Firefox keyboard shortcuts
    Click on the link above to access a list of keyboard shortcuts, which allows users to perform different tasks quickly or to work without a mouse (from the Firefox website).

  • Firefox mouse shortcuts
    Click on the link above to access a list of mouse shortcuts (from the Firefox website).

Internet Explorer

  • Internet Explorer accessibility options (from Microsoft.com) offers accessibility options to help increase readability and to work more efficiently with assistive technology. The above link offers answers to some common questions about accessibility options in Internet Explorer (IE):
    • Can I use the keyboard to surf the web?
    • Can I customize the font size, formatting, and screen colors?
    • How can I improve the way IE works with my screen reader or voice recognition software?
    • How can I improve legibility when printing webpages?

  • Fill in website forms and passwords automatically (from Microsoft.com) - Internet Explorer (IE) uses a feature called AutoComplete to store information that you type into web form fields. By storing this information, IE can automatically fill in form fields if you begin to type the same information later.

  • Zoom in on a webpage (from Microsoft.com) - Internet Explorer Zoom lets users enlarge or reduce the view of a webpage. Unlike changing font size, zoom enlarges or reduces everything on the page, including text and images. Users can zoom from 10% to 1000%.
Change Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
Follow the steps below to change the style sheet file in Internet Explorer. For other browsers, check the Help menu.
  • Click Tools from the top menu bar
  • Select Internet Options
  • Select the General tab (first tab)
  • Click on Accessibility button (bottom section, under Appearance)
  • Click on checkboxes to ignore all colors and/or font styles and/or font/sizes
    And / Or
  • Click on checkbox: "Format documents using my style sheet" and browse to your personal style sheet.
  • Click OK

Add-ons

  • Firefox accessibility add-ons
    The Firefox Accessibility Extension makes it easier for people with a disability to view and navigate web content.