This is version 1.0 of the official accessibility statement for the City of Napa website, as of October 1, 2007. 

Executive Summary

We have made several considerations during the design of this website. Above all else, we believe content should be accessible to all users, regardless of viewing device, screen size, language, or other unique and unforseen challenges. With this in mind, our site heavily relies on the use of Cascading Style Sheets to visually style the layout of our site. This strategy allows devices to gracefully degrade the visual layout of the site while maintaining content accessibility. 

As a user of this website, if you discover inaccessible documents and need assistance, contact City Hall at 707.257.9500 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

In addition to the detailed accessibility information provided below, we also considered the following technical details (provided July 2007 - source):

  • 57% of browser-based website traffic is using Internet Explorer 6 or 7.
  • 34.5% of browser-based website traffic is using Mozilla Firefox.
  • 80% of browser-based website traffic is using a resolution at or above 1024 x 768 pixels.
Considering this information, as well as the detailed information below, our visual layout is based on a minimum-viewport of at least 1000 pixels. The website has been thoroughly tested with Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, Safari 2 (OSX), Firefox 1, Firefox 2, Jaws 8, and  Lynx 2.8.5rel1 (win). If you are not using one of the browsers listed please consider upgrading, if able. Current generation browsers improve the security and privacy of your computer and its information, in addition to improving the visual rendering of the websites you visit.

Standards compliance

It is our ongoing effort to ensure all pages found within comply with the following accessibility standards and guidelines:
  1. Bobby AAA guidelines.
  2. WCAG AAA priority 2 (current) of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
  3. U.S. Federal Government Section 508 Guidelines.
  4. All pages on this site use structured semantic markup, as provided by the W3C XHTML 1.0 Recommendations. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our reasonable control, not all pages validate to the XHTML standards.
In addition, our website does link to legacy applications which are known to inaccessible to some users. For assistance accessing the information in those documents, please call City Hall at 707.257.9500. Whenever possible, we will make a declaration of inaccessibility on relevant pages. 

Navigation aids

  1. All pages have rel=previous, next, up, and home links to aid navigation in text-only browsers. Netscape 6 and Mozilla users can also take advantage of this feature by selecting the View menu, Show/Hide, Site Navigation Bar, Show Only As Needed (or Show Always).
  2. The home page and all archive pages include a search box (access key 4).


  1. Many links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target (such as the headline of an article).
  2. Links are written to make sense out of context.


  1. Where possible, all content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes.
  2. Where possible, complex images include LONGDESC attributes or inline descriptions to explain the significance of each image to non-visual readers.

Visual design

  1. This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout.
  2. This site uses only relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified "text size" option in visual browsers.
  3. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.

Accessibility references

  1. W3 accessibility guidelines, which explains the reasons behind each guideline.
  2. W3 accessibility techniques, which explains how to implement each guideline.
  3. W3 accessibility checklist, a busy developer's guide to accessibility.
  4. U.S. Federal Government Section 508 accessibility guidelines.

Accessibility software

  1. JAWS, a screen reader for Windows. A time-limited, downloadable demo is available.
  2. Home Page Reader, a screen reader for Windows. A downloadable demo is available.
  3. Lynx, a free text-only web browser for blind users with refreshable Braille displays.
  4. Links, a free text-only web browser for visual users with low bandwidth.
  5. Opera, a visual browser with many accessibility-related features, including text zooming, user stylesheets, image toggle. A free downloadable version is available. Compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and several other operating systems.

Accessibility services

  1. Bobby, a free service to analyze web pages for compliance to accessibility guidelines. A full-featured commercial version is also available.
  2. HTML Validator, a free service for checking that web pages conform to published HTML standards.
  3. Web Page Backward Compatibility Viewer, a tool for viewing your web pages without a variety of modern browser features.
  4. Lynx Viewer, a free service for viewing what your web pages would look like in Lynx.

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