Our goal is to provide a good web experience for all job seekers and employers. You will find a list of some of the technology solutions that we have integrated to make our web site easy to navigate, fast-loading and accessible. To further improve the ease of use and readability of this site, such as increasing the font size, review the section below on how to customize your browser.
What Makes Our Web Site Accessible?
- Clean, Simple and Consistent
Our web site uses simple information architecture with uniform navigation and reliable headings throughout. Content layout and graphical design are consistent on every page.
The main navigation, located just below the logo banner, uses tabs. Tabs make it easier for screen readers to literally read across the site without having to sort through unnecessary code. Tabs also allow the 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 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.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 With these toolbars, turning CSS on and off is just a click away, plus they offer many other helpful tools. If you use a different browser, do an Internet search for accessibility for your particular browser.
- Fluid Sizing Display
The width of our pages changes and adapts to the width of your browser. This is more noticeable if you have a large screen and/or use high resolution for your monitor. Our web site is viewed best at a minimum of 1024 x 768 pixels.
- 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.
- No Sound, No Images, No Problem
Content is accessible without sound, color, scripts or graphics.
Customize Your Browser to Fit Your Needs
- In most browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Netscape), you can 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 this path, 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”.
- Newer browser versions have a magnifying tool that lets you zoom into a page and display all elements at 150%, 200%, etc. Look for the magnifying tool with a “+” character. This icon is typically located at the bottom right of your browser or at the top right, below the standard menu tools. The keyboard shortcut to access this tool is “Ctrl” + “Shift” + “+” to zoom in and “Ctrl” + “Shift” + “-” to zoom out.
- Internet Explorer keyboard shortcuts
This is a list of shortcut keys to perform lots of different tasks quickly or to work without a mouse (from the Windows web site).
- Firefox keyboard shortcuts
This is a list of the most common keyboard shortcuts in Firefox (from the Firefox web site).
- Firefox mouse shortcuts
This is a list of the most common mouse shortcuts in Firefox (from the Firefox web site).
- Internet Explorer accessibility options (from Microsoft.com) – Internet Explorer offers many accessibility options to help increase readability and to work better with assistive technology. The IE link above offers answers to some common questions about accessibility options in Internet Explorer:
- 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 web site forms and passwords automatically
(from Microsoft.com) – Internet Explorer uses a feature called AutoComplete to store information that you type into web form fields. By storing this information, Internet Explorer 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 you enlarge or reduce the view of a webpage. Unlike changing font size, zoom enlarges or reduces everything on the page, including text and images. You can zoom from 10% to 1000%.
- 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