I am committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), in this web site.
I believe Ott Design (www.ottdesign.net) web site conforms to the W3C's "Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0", Level "A".
- Simple and Consistent
Our web site uses simple information architecture with uniform navigation and reliable headings throughout. Content layout and graphical design are consistent on every page.
- "Skip to:" Links
The Skip to navigation appears at the top of each page. It allows the user to jump to the content area, accessibility page, or footer, and skip the navigation and other header elements, which repeat on every page.
- Main Site Navigation
The main navigation, located just below the title banner, and sub-navigation, usually located at the top-left of the page content area, uses lists. Lists make it easier for screen readers to literally read down the list without having to sort through unnecessary code. Lists also allow the users to use the tab key to move from link to link.
- Images with Alternative Text
Photographs and other relevant images on the site are accompanied by alternative text (the alt attribute of the Image tag). Alt tags provide a written description of the image, which is accessible to screen readers, and it is visible when the mouse is placed over the image. This is also useful for people who have images turned off on their browser, in which case a description will display where the image used to be.
- Relative Font Sizing
Relative font size can be enlarged using magnification tools or by changing your browser settings.
- Style Sheets
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are used for content layout and many graphical elements (color, font styles, custom titles and subtitles, etc.) Using CSS for styling keeps our HTML clean, streamlined, easier to maintain, and it downloads faster. Style sheets can be replaced by the user's own styles.
To turn CSS off, and access the content without any formatting, download and install the Firefox Web Developer toolbar or the Internet Explorer Developer toolbar. With these toolbars turning CSS on and off is just a click away, plus they offer many other helpful tools. If you use a different browser, do an Internet search for Accessibility for your particular browser.
Every installation of Internet Explorer 8 comes with the Developer Tools. Getting started with the tools is simple: press F12 or click Developer Tools from the Tools menu. Once open, the tools exist in their own window, each one connected to a single tab in Internet Explorer. If you prefer to decrease the number of open windows, pin the tools to a tab by clicking the Pin button or pressing Ctrl+P.
Accessible via Mouse or Keyboard
You can use the mouse or keyboard to navigate through the site.
The Tab key will move the cursor from link, or tab-enabled element, to the next.
Shift-Tab will move you back to the previous link or tab-enabled element.
Within a menu system the Arrow keys (up, left, down and right) allow interaction with the menu items and sub-menus.
Use Enter to select the highlighted item.
Access keys are keyboard shortcuts that help you navigate the site.Use Alt+1 to access the Skip to Content link.
Use Alt+2 to access the Skip to Footer link.
Use Alt+3 to access the Skip to Accessibility Statement link (this page).
No Sound. No Images.
All content is accessible without sound, color, scripts or graphics.
If you find that information, pages or assets on this site are not Accessible, I want to know. Please use my contact form to send me specific information so I can fix the issue.
Web Browser Plug-ins
This is a list of web browser plug-ins that you will need to access all of the elements and assets in this site.
Some or all of the documents linked from this site are Adobe Portable Document Files or PDFs. To properly view and print these PDFs you should have the latest version of Adobe Reader (formerly Acrobat Reader) installed on your computer. Adobe Reader is available as a free download from the Adobe web site. Download Adobe Reader.