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Online Accessibility Statement

Department of Information and Technology

Revised: 1/31/09

Section A. Introduction

This is the official accessibility statement for the City of Modesto. If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to

Section B. Access keys

Most browsers support jumping to specific links by typing keys defined on the web site. On Windows, you can press ALT + an access key; on Macintosh, you can press Control + an access key.

All pages on this site define the following access keys:

  • Access key "h" - Home page
  • Access key "a" - About page
  • Access key "c" - Contacts page
  • Access key "e" - Employment page
  • Access key "n" - Newsroom
  • Access key "f" - Forms Page
  • Access key "r" - Residents page
  • Access key "b" - Business page
  • Access key "v" - Visitors page
  • Access key "d" - Departments page
  • Access key "g" - Government page

Section C. Standards Compliance

The City of Modesto is committed to providing services that are accessible for everyone. We continually update our website and review it for compliance with the following accessibility goals:

  1. WAI Priority 1 compliance.
  2. Section 508 compliance.
  3. HTML 4.01 Strict Validation or XHTML 1.0 Transitional Validation.
  4. Structured semantic markup.

While the majority of pages on the website meet these goals, the City of Modesto continues to host legacy documents and applications that do not. If you are having difficulties accessing information or would like to learn more, please send an email to

Section D. Document Formats

Many of the documents on the City of Modesto Web site are in HTML or ASCII (plain text) formats. These formats are generally accessible to people who use screen readers. We also have a large number of documents in Portable Document Format (PDF).

PDF format is used to preserve the content and layout of our hard copy publications. Publications in PDF can be viewed and printed using the Adobe AcrobatReader®, version 6.0 or higher. You can download and get help using the Acrobat Reader at the Adobe Systems, Inc. site. The downloadable Acrobat Reader software is available at NO CHARGE from Adobe.

You may download the adobe reader from any page with this image:

Download Adobe Reader

You can view publications in Microsoft Word® (.doc) format if you have Word, version 6.0 or higher, installed on your computer. Word documents can also be viewed with many other word processing software programs. Additionally, Microsoft offers a FREE Word file viewer that you can download at its Microsoft Download Center.