Site Accessibility Information
Below are some of the technology solutions we have integrated to make our website easy to navigate and accessible to all users. We've also included some helpful browser tips.
To change text size, use the browser's controls. From the Internet Explorer toolbar, select (View > Text Size) and then select a size. Using the keyboard, to zoom in press CTRL +, to zoom out press CTRL -, to return text to normal size, press CTRL 0.
Webpages have been structured to allow keyboard and screen reader users quick access to page content.
- Skip Links for Navigation
Links added to the top of the page allow the user to jump or skip to the main content areas. To visually see the link in the upper left corner of the webpage, press the Tab key. Those listening to the page with a screen reader will be able to skip past repetitive menu links and get directly to the page content.
- Heading Structure:
Website content is structured with headings so that assistive technology users can move quickly through page sections.
- Keyboard Commands:
Navigate through our web pages without the use of a mouse. Our menus and site elements are all accessible to the keyboard. For browser keyboard tips, see the "Keyboard Commands" section below.
Captions and transcripts are included for web audio and video for those who do not have access to audio. Though captioning is primarily intended for those who cannot hear the audio, it also improves communication for everyone and may be toggled on and off. The text transcript of the multimedia similar to a screenplay includes all spoken dialog and narration, descriptions of important sounds, and descriptions of important visual events.
Video, audio, and interactive presentations are made accessible to those using the keyboard and screen readers. Multimedia players are keyboard accessible or have a full alternative version of the content.
Navigate through our web pages without the use of a mouse.
Browser Keyboard Shotcuts
|If you want to...||Select...|
|Increase text size||Ctrl + +|
|Decrease text size||Ctrl + -|
|return text to normal size||Ctrl + 0|
|Move forward from link to link||Tab|
|Move backward from link to link||Shift + Tab|
|Go to top of page||Ctrl + Home|
|Go to bottom of page||Ctrl + End|
|Close window||Ctrl + W|
|Go back a page||Alt + Left Arrow|
|Go forward a page||Alt + Right Arrow|
|Go to the Find box||Ctrl + F|
Find more keyboard shortcuts:
Each image or photograph on Intranet webpages includes alternative text (or "alt" text). This text is a full, written description of what the image communicates to the user and is accessible to blind users that have screen reading technology on their computer.
HHS uses many file formats for documents and web content. Find more about this format and where to download required plug-ins.
Page Reviewed/Updated: 3/22/2012