The Water and Power
Retirement Plan has specifically tried to make this website as accessible as possible to
all members of the public. This web site uses HTML designed to properly display in a wide
variety of browsers and text readers and to "fail gracefully" when using those
features that may not be supported so that our information is most legible and
We have tried to
Create documents that work even if the user cannot
see and/or hear. Provide information that serves the same purpose or function as audio or
video in ways suited to alternate sensory channels as well. This does not mean creating a
prerecorded audio version of an entire site to make it accessible to users who are blind.
Users who are blind can use screen reader technology to render all text information in a
Create documents that do not rely on one type of
hardware. Pages should be usable by people without mice, with small screens, low
resolution screens, black and white screens, no screens, with only voice or text output,
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
We have attempted to follow the accessibility
guidelines of both the World Wide Web Consortium (WC3) as well as the
well-respected City of San Jose.
An excerpt of the WC3 Guidelines appears below. To
see the guidelines in their entirety see their website, http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/WAI-WEBCONTENT-19990505/:
- Provide equivalent alternatives to auditory and
visual content. Provide content that, when presented to the user, conveys essentially the
same function or purpose as auditory or visual content.
- Don't rely on color alone. Ensure that text and
graphics are understandable when viewed without color.
- Mark up documents with the proper structural
elements rather than with presentation elements and attributes.
- Clarify natural language usage. Use markup that
facilitates pronunciation or interpretation of abbreviated or foreign text.
- Create tables that transform gracefully. Ensure
that tables have necessary markup to be transformed by accessible browsers and other user
- Ensure that pages featuring new technologies
transform gracefully. Ensure that pages are accessible even when newer technologies are
not supported or are turned off.
- Ensure user control of time-sensitive content
changes. Ensure that moving, blinking, scrolling, or auto-updating objects or pages may be
paused or stopped.
- Ensure that the user interface follows principles
of accessible design: device-independent access to functionality, keyboard operability,
- Design for device-independence. Use features that
enable activation of page elements via a variety of input devices.
- Use interim solutions. Use interim accessibility
solutions so that assistive technologies and older browsers will operate correctly.
- Where it is not possible to use a W3C technology,
or doing so results in material that does not transform gracefully, provide an alternative
version of the content that is accessible.
- Provide context and orientation information to help
users understand complex pages or elements.
- Provide clear navigation mechanisms. Provide clear
and consistent navigation mechanisms to increase the likelihood that a person will find
what they are looking or at a site.
- Ensure that documents are clear and simple. Ensure
that documents are clear and simple so they may be more easily understood.
An excerpt of the City of San Jose
Disability Access Standards appears below. To see the standards in their entirety
see the City of San Jose Disability Access Standards webpage, http://www.ci.san-jose.ca.us/oaacc/disacces.html
- Provide a link from the main page to a page
entitled "Access Instructions" for users with disabilities. This page will
provide instructions for access to the City web pages for persons with disabilities.
- Support text browsers directly on the page or have
an alternative text page displaying the same information.
- If a document is posted in Portable Document Format
(PDF), then a second version will also be posted in an accessible format utilizing ASCII
or text HTML. All hyperlinks to PDF documents will include the word "PDF" within
the hyperlink description.
- Every graphic image shall have an "Alt"
tag with a short description of that graphic image.
- Photographs that contribute to the content of the
page shall be linked by a "D." The "D" will be a selectable hyperlink
to a description of the photograph.
- All audio and video clips shall have text
transcriptions or descriptions.
- Any link text shall contain descriptive words which
can be quickly reviewed by users. Words like "this", "here" or
"click" alone do not convey information about the nature of the link.
- An alternate mechanism for on-line forms will be
provided since forms are not supported by all browsers. For example, the page could
provide a phone number or e-mail address for obtaining the form or assistance.
- If visitors are required to download software not
accessible by a screen reader in order to obtain City documents, then an Alternate
Document Format Notice will be posted at the site.
- The use of frames and tables will be avoided since
tables are not supported by all browsers and cannot be read intelligently by screen
readers. For example, newspaper style layouts with text wrapping from one column to the
next are not accessible.
A note about the use of tables in this
Tables are used in this site both to assist in layout and formatting and to represent
tabular data. Tables used solely for formatting have been designed to "fail
gracefully" without hindering legibility and understanding in browsers and text
readers that do not support them. Tables used for presenting tabular data have been
retained on this site for two reasons:
- Tables convey the underlying structure of the
information. The ability of text readers and most browsers to interpret tables is rapidly
increasing through technology.
- Presenting tables in other ways (such as with the
HTML PRE element) makes it difficult to render a page intelligibly to text readers and
|Although this document discusses
the Plan in some detail, if there are any conflicts, real or apparent, between this
document and the City Charter or the Plan, the terms of the Charter and the Plan will at
all times be the final authority. Therefore before relying on provisions described in this
document or taking any action which will affect your future welfare, you and your
beneficiaries are urged to consult the Retirement Plan Office for the specific terms of
the Plan in any situation.