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SFgov.org and Web Accessibility

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The City and County of San Francisco recognizes it's obligation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other disability civil rights laws to provide equal access to all City and County programs and activities.

The City and County of San Francisco has developed consistent and strategic guidelines and features for access to Web pages and services that appear on SFgov.org. These guidelines help ensure a positive user experience and easier accessibility by maintaining a consistent page layout, information architecture, and navigation structure.

Opening Non-Web files

There are many links to non-web files throughout the City's pages such as Adobe PDF, Adobe Flash, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.  If you need to view these files but do not have the proper application to open these files, you may access these materials by downloading the necessary readers.

Change Text Size

You may quickly increase the size of the text of our pages by selecting the 'TEXT' buttons located in the accessibility panel above the main page heading of each page. If the text does not increase in size to meet your preferences, you may also increase the text size by using your browsers' text resizing features:

Text Resizing in Internet Explorer:

  1. Choose the drop down menu at the top of the browser window marked View.
  2. A list of options will appear in the drop down menu. Choose the Text Size option.
  3. Next another drop down menu should appear with options including Smallest, Smaller, Medium, Larger, Largest.
  4. The browser will normally be on the Medium setting.
  5. To increase the font size select Large or Largest.
  6. To decrease the font size select Smaller or Smallest.
  7. The text in your browser window should now appear larger or smaller.

Text Resizing in FireFox:

  1. Choose the drop down menu at the top of the browser window marked View.
  2. A list of options will appear in the drop down menu. Choose the Text Size option.
  3. Next another drop down menu should appear with options including Increase, Decrease and Normal.
  4. The browser will normally be on the Normal setting.
  5. To increase the font size select Increase.
  6. The text in your browser window should now appear larger.

Adherence to Web Standards

To the extent possible, this site is developed with Web standards in mind. We use proper Hyper-Text Markup Language (HTML) to present information, which makes it possible for assistive technologies such as screen readers to read our content. We use proper headings to separate sections and sub-sections of our site for readability and proper structure. In addition we follow the Web Accessibility Guidelines adopted by the City and County of San Francisco.

More About Accessibility

For further information and to learn more about the regulations governing the City and County of San Francisco Web sites, Visit the SFGov Web Accessibility Web site.


Last updated: 9/11/2009 1:59:04 PM