Website Accessibility

The California State Library (CSL) website is designed to be a model of accessibility and ensure we meet the access needs of any site visitor. CSL has implemented the strict guidelines set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the US Department of Justice (DOJ). The website meets most of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 (WCAG 2.0 – Priority 1, Priority 2, and most of Priority 3) and all of the DOJ Section 508 guidelines.

One of the pillars of accessible web design is using defaults and certain design elements that can be adjusted by the end user. This kind of design permits visitors to adjust font size, contrast, and customize other elements to meet their particular viewing needs. Information on some of our special access features, and how to work with custom settings are described below.

Alternative Text Tag (ALT Tag)

Screen Readers only read text and are unable to read graphics. When the reader encounters a picture or graphic, the device may only indicate "graphic" and give no further information, unless there is an ALT tag. ALT tags assists users without graphic display terminals, users whose browsers don't support forms, visually impaired users who use speech synthesizers, and those who have configured their graphical user agents not to display images. When the device encounters a graphic, the user will hear a short description of what it is, such as, "picture of person putting on a seat belt", rather than the generic "graphic."

Contrast

High contrast is necessary for many users. CSL's website uses style sheets and very good contrast combinations, almost black on white, white on dark red, or dark red on white. However, some users can see better using high contrast reverse types, such as white on black, or different colors. Below are guidelines for some common web browsers on how the user can customize their own web browser to better view all web pages.

Internet Explorer

Select the "Tools" menu. Select "Internet Options". Under the "General" tab, select "Accessibility". Place a check mark in the box to "Ignore colors specified on Web pages" and select the "OK" box. This will return you to the "General" tab. Select the "Colors" box and un-check the "use Windows colors" box. Use the "Text", "Background", "Unvisited Links", and "Visited Links" boxes to select the colors desired (example: white text and black background). Select the "OK" box and then the "OK" box on the "General" tab and the colors should change on the browser.

Firefox

Select the "Tools" menu. Select "Options". Select the "Content" tab. Select "Colors". Select colors desired for "Text", "Background", "Unvisited Links", and "Visited Links" (example: white text and black background) and uncheck "Allow pages to choose their own colors, instead of my selections above". Select the "OK" box, and then the "OK" box again. The colors should change on the browser.

Fonts

The fonts used on this site are a default size, which allows you to make adjustments according to your preference. The following is the easiest way to change the font size for some common web browsers.

Internet Explorer

Click on the "View" menu. Highlight "Text Size". Default setting will be medium. By changing the settings between largest and smallest; the text displayed on the page will be modified.

Firefox

Select the "Tools" menu. Select "Options". Select the "Content" tab. Select "Colors". Select colors desired for "Text", "Background", "Unvisited Links", and "Visited Links" (example: white text and black background) and uncheck "Allow pages to choose their own colors, instead of my selections above". Select the "OK" box, and then the "OK" box again. The colors should change on the browser.

Keyboard Commands

Below is the list of keyboard shortcuts that will help you to navigate through our web pages without the use of a mouse.
(Note: Some commands may not work with every Internet browser version.)

If you want to...

Select...

Increase text size

Ctrl + +

Decrease text size

Ctrl - -

Move forward from link to link

Tab

Move backward from link to link

Shift + Tab

Move from box to box

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 search box

Alt + S

More Keyboard Shortcuts

Difficulty Accessing Material

If you have difficulty accessing any material on this site, please contact us in writing and we will work with you to make the information available. You can direct your request to our Webmaster.