Web Site Accessibility Information
This Web site was designed in conformance with Section 508 guidelines to enable use by individuals with disabilities. The City of Concord uses the following accessibility and usability standards in the development of City Web pages:
- Section 508 guidelines
- Accessibility and usability guidelines established by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
- US Health and Human Services department usability guidelines
W3C Code Standards Improve the Web Browsing Experience
- The underlying code for this Web site was developed according to the W3C code specifications for XHTML 1.0 Transitional and Cascading Style Sheets 2.0 (CSS2).
- Following these code specifications improves the user experience for all site visitors by allowing for a richer, more interactive Web site experience, and paves the way to accessing Web page content on various devices such as PDAs, phones and other handheld devices.
- CSS2 is a technology that allows the Web developer to separate Web page formatting from content, making it much easer for disabled individuals who rely on assistive technologies such as braille readers to use the Internet.
What is Section 508?
- The U.S. Rehabilitation Act (USRA) is companion legislation to the more widely know Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Both pieces of legislation apply to accommodating people with disabilities.
- The ADA generally defines access requirements for buildings, streets, sidewalks, etc. while the USRA defines steps that must be taken to allow the public, including the disabled, the same access to jobs, education, and Government services and information. Section 508 of the USRA specifically addresses the needs of the disabled community as they relate to accessing public information via electronic systems including the Web.
- The purpose of Section 508 is to help people with disabilities obtain equal access to electronic information by establishing a set of guidelines that information technology developers can follow when designing products such as software and Web sites.
- Section 508 compliance is a requirement of federal agencies, not municipalities. However, the City of Concord has chosen to conform to these important standards in an effort to improve access to information by all residents.
Access Keys: Underlined Letters on the new Web Site Navigation
- When letters on City of Concord Web site section names are underlined, it is an indication that site visitors can navigate to these sections through the use of access keys.
- Access keys are keyboard shortcuts that allow site visitors to navigate directly to main sections of a Web site without using a mouse. They are identified by the underlined letter within the section name.
- Access keys enable disabled individuals who are blind or who have limited mobility to navigate a Web site without using a mouse. These individuals may have trouble controlling and steadying a mouse, or may not be able to see what needs to clicked on in order to interact with certain Web site features.
- Individuals without mobility limitations can also benefit from access keys by having keyboard shortcuts that let them navigate Web sites faster by using keyboard shortcuts.
- To use the access key feature, press "alt" followed by the underlined letter, then press "enter".
- More information about using access keys in Web site development.
Additional Usability and Accessibility Resources on the Internet
Local Accessibility Resources
Usability and Accessibility Guidelines
- US Health and Human Services Department Usability Guidelines
- Section 508 accessibility guidelines
- World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
- W3C Accessibility Initiative Guidelines and Techniques