Assistive Alternatives to Increase
1. Procedures and Tools to Increase Access.
This site uses a range of tools and procedures to increase access, including:
a. Increasing access to images and graphics.
Where possible, we use ALT tags to describe the content of visual elements,
particularly graphics that serve as links.
b. Reducing site complexity.
Where possible, all frames have been removed, and all new content lacks
frames and related devices that would add unnecessarily to the complexity
of site access. Where possible, the use of plug-ins, applets, and scripts
has been strictly limited. The only plug-in provides access to Adobe
Acrobat PDF files. Where possible, HTML versions of these PDF files
In cases where there are no alternatives to PDF files, as in the content
of other sites accessed by links, the file conversion services of the
Adobe Access Site should be considered.
c. Alternatives to mouse and cursor access.
The menu alternatives on pages have been sequenced to simplify keyboard
and "switch" access. Problems can still occur because of browser
differences. If keyboard rather than cursor access is required, we suggest
the use of Microsoft Explorer as the browser. All content is previewed
on the most commonly used Windows and Mac browsers. The use of Explorer
may provide a better match between screen images and printer output.
d. Multimedia and file size policy.
At this time we have chosen to increase access to persons at home and
at other sites with modest bandwidth modems. We limit the use of file
sizes and software that unnecessarily challenge the available bandwidth,
and the technological literacy and budgets of the users.
Simple high-contrast formats are to present menus and content. Multiple
color presentations are avoided, particularly when color is used to
emphasize or vary content meaning.
e. Content organization.
Consistency, simplicity, and directness in format and content organization
are stressed across topics. Graphics are rarely used to present new
content, and, where possible, graphics serve to summarize information
previously presented in complete and descriptive text.
2. Sources of Help to Increase Access to Web Information.
The Access Utah Network has a mission to assist persons with disabilities.
Please contact this network for information on hardware and software
that will increase access to the web.
For telephone access, contact: 1-(800) 333-8824
For E-mail access, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Internet site is: www.accesssut.state.ut.us
For persons with disabilities outside the state of Utah, this network
is a part of a national network, and similar services should be available
in other states. Please contact the above-listed Utah sources for information
on referrals to similar resources in other states.
3. Consumer and Developer Information.
Every effort is being made to make this site directly accessible to
individuals with disabilities. The efforts being made at this site use
information from a range of similar state and national efforts. Central
to many of these efforts are federal initiatives, including those associated
with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Standards for web site development
to support Section 508 were initially scheduled for availability and
compliance on August 7, 2000. This compliance deadline has been delayed
until 6 months after the availability of approved standards. An estimate
of the new deadline is early 2001.
Information on the progress and the nature of these national initiatives
can be found on the following sites: Section
508 of the Rehabilitation Act; WebAim.
Consumers and web site developers interested in more specific information
on techniques to increase access should monitor the W3C
Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) site. This site provides guidelines
for site developers, an ongoing history of national initiatives, and
links to other sites of interest to consumers and developers.
4. A Transition Plan.
The access procedures on this site follow a transition plan to guide
site development to ensure access for all. We continue to modify the
transition plan by monitoring our consumer evaluations, technical aspects
of evolving federal standards, and the on-going developments of the
web industry. Suggestions for improving access are welcomed.
Contact: Web Access Committe