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The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is committed to maintaining a fully accessible Website, compliant with Section 508 standards and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) for Priority Levels 1, 2 and 3.
An accessible Website is one that is usable by all people, without regard to the way in which the user accesses the site. This goes beyond the realm of disability alone: an accessible Website is usable by any browser, by any technology, and by any user. In terms of accessibility to people with disabilities, this means the Website must be accessible to all people, and much more than vision disabilities must be considered.
We have tried to use combinations of colors that provide sufficient contrast between foreground and background across the sites. If any color poses a problem, please let us know.
To change foreground and background colors on the Web page:
The information in the charts below will help you navigate through our Web pages without a mouse.
Caution: Some selections may not work with every Internet browser. For example, if you use Netscape 4.08, we know you can't use the arrow key to select radio buttons.
|IF you want to...||THEN select...|
|Move forward from link to link or to controls||Tab|
|Move backward from link to link or to controls||Shift + Tab|
|Select buttons||Space Bar|
|Navigate and select Radio Buttons||Arrow|
|Move from box to box||Tab|
|Open a List Box||ALT + Down arrow|
|Read the prior screen||CTRL + Page Up|
|Read the next screen||CTRL + Page Down|
|Go to the top of the page||CTRL + Home|
|Go to the bottom of the page||CTRL + End|
|Close the current window (in Internet Explorer)||CTRL + W|
|Refresh the screen||F5|
|Go back a page||ALT + Left Arrow|
|Go forward a page||ALT + Right Arrow|
|Navigate to & select the text in the address combo box||ALT + D|
Adobe provides online conversion tools to help visually disabled users read PDF documents. They convert PDF documents into either HTML or ASCII text, which can then be read by a number of common screen reader programs.
Visit the Adobe Website for more information on how to make .pdf files more accessible to people with disabilities.
If you are unable to access information contained in a PDF file, please email email@example.com. The Webmaster will refer your request to a USFA staff person who will promptly respond to you and provide an alternate format of the requested material.
If you have a disability and the format of any material interferes with your ability to access information contained on our Website, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Webmaster will refer your request to a USFA staff person who will promptly respond to you and provide an alternate format of the requested material.
To enable us to respond in a manner that will be of most help to you, please indicate:
We are always interested in getting feedback on our Website. If you have any comments or suggestions please send them to email@example.com.