City of Colorado Springs Accessibility Statement
SpringsGov.com Accessibility Statement
The City of Colorado Springs works with the Rocky Mountain Disability/Business Technical Assistance Center to assess SpringsGov.com’s current provisions and adherence to Section 508 accessibility guidelines. The Center last provided informal guidance to SpringsGov.com in late 2003 and provided feedback and suggestions to the City's Information Technology Division. The Center is a non-profit that deals specifically with Americans with Disabilities laws and issues.
- Section 508 Standard of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in 1998, requires Federal agencies to create, maintain, and use information technology in ways that provide full access to employees with disabilities unless there is a provable and undue burden that would affect the operations of the agency.
- In addition to the Section 508 guidelines, the World Wide Web Consortium began its Web Accessibility Initiative in 1998 to create and communicate the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (accessible at http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-WEBCONTENT/). As stated in the document, "These guidelines explain how to make Web content accessible to people with disabilities. The guidelines are intended for all Web content developers (page authors and site designers) and for developers of authoring tools. The primary goal of these guidelines is to promote accessibility. However, following them will also make Web content more available to all users, whatever user agent they are using (e.g., desktop browser, voice browser, mobile phone, automobile-based personal computer, etc.) or constraints they may be operating under (e.g., noisy surroundings, under- or over-illuminated rooms, in a hands-free environment, etc.)."
Site Design & Accessibility
Specific Guidelines for SpringsGov.com include:
- Pages are designed and tested for compatibility with all major web browsers and operating systems. The City uses a utility to detect a visitor’s browser type and, through the use of style sheets, renders pages in a way that optimizes for that browser type.
- Images contain alternate text descriptors for visitors utilizing assistive page-reading technologies.
- Navigational image maps will contain alternate, text-based hyperlinks.
- Pages will be designed with a dynamic percentage widths rather than fixed widths in order to ensure visibility regardless of screen resolution and/or monitor size, unless unavoidable due to application constraints. All critical content components will be visible within the 800 x 600 resolution setting.
- Pages and documents posted to the site will contain appropriate meta-data to ensure useful search functions.
- Online forms will be available in HTML, PDF, and in other standard formats upon request—e.g., email, fax, MS Word, WordPerfect, et al. Contact information for the staff member responsible for the content and forms, such as address, telephone number, and email address, will be posted in a near the form itself.
- Frames will not be used on SpringsGov.com as they are not interpretable by assistive technologies such as screen readers and they often cause severe navigational breakdowns.
- SpringsGov.com will contain no background images, to ensure consistency and provide optimum visibility unless it is deemed unavoidable. In these cases, alternate presentations of the information will be provided.
Helper Applications and Plug-Ins
- Section 508: http://www.section508.gov/
- Access Board: http://www.access-board.gov/508.htm
- W3C Web Accessibility Initiative: http://www.w3.org/WAI/