Internet Web Content Accessibility

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) maintains its commitment to improve accessibility for all citizens.[1]


California Government Code Section 11546.7 requires the director and chief information officer of each state agency or state entity to certify that the agency/entity’s website is compliant with Web Accessibility Standards.

Website Accessibility Features

Our website has many features intended to make the experience of interacting with our website perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust to those accessing the information contained herein.


Most pages on the CDCR website have a similar layout. This makes site navigation easier. Overall, the site leverages a balance of text and graphic based navigation options and has a simple, straightforward design.


Images that are included on the CDCR website have “alternative text,” allowing many assistive technologies to read a description of the image to the site visitor.


Our website uses relative font sizes that allow site visitors to increase the text size on webpages. A site visitor may change the font size using the web browser’s text-size adjustment feature. For more information about text-size adjustments within a specific browser type and version, site visitors should consult available help in their browser.


The CDCR website search engine provides relevant and easy to use search results, allowing quick navigation to the desired content.  Our search engine is specific to material contained within the CDCR website exclusively.


Video files on the CDCR website have captions for the hearing impaired. Many use YouTube where the viewer can find help with seeing the text. Windows Media Player must be configured to turn ON captions since captions are turned OFF by default. Links to video files without embedded captions have adjacent text transcripts.


Cascading Style Sheets are throughout the site for layout, design, and style. This allows the CDCR site to display in a readable fashion on different browser-enabled devices.

Standard Browser Usability Features

Addition of this content is required under California Technology Letter 15-05. This content in this section is in the Accessibility Section of the Webtools Site.


High contrast is necessary for many site visitors. Many State of California websites use style sheets and some of the best contrast combinations, black on white, white on dark green, or blue on white. However, some site visitors can see better using high contrast reverse types, such as white on black or different color combinations. Below are guidelines for some web browsers plus information to help the site visitor customize their own web browser to better view all webpages.

Internet Explorer

Select the “Tools” menu. Select “internet Options”. Under the “General” tab, select “Accessibility”. Place a check mark in the box to “Ignore colors specified on webpages” and select the “OK” box. This will return you to the “General” tab. There select the “Colors” box and un-check the “use Windows colors” box. Use the “Text”, “Background”, “Unvisited Links”, and “Visited Links” boxes to select the colors desired (example: white text and black background). Select the “OK” box. You will then need to click the “OK” box on the “General” tab.  The colors should change on the browser.


Select the “Tools” menu. Select “Options”. Select the “Content” tab. Select “Colors”. Select colors desired for “Text”, “Background”, “Unvisited Links”, and “Visited Links” (example: white text and black background) and uncheck “Allow pages to choose their own colors, instead of my selections above”. Select the “OK” box, and then the “OK” box again. The colors should change on the browser.

Google Chrome

Accessibility Low-Vision Support such as High Contrast and Custom Color Support

Steps you can take to configure Chrome to run with custom contrast and colors:

  1. Install a Chrome Extension which allows you to specify your own custom color combinations.
  2. Quick page action to apply/remove styling overrides on a per page, per domain or global basis (overriding webpage colors)
  3. Optional background, text, links and visited links color configuration
  4. Option for showing/hiding images
  5. Option for showing/hiding Flash objects
  6. Use a Chrome Theme for some control of the color scheme of the Chrome user interface.

Opera (Internet Browser)

Fonts and Colors for Unstyled Webpages

Sometimes, webpages do not have a specified style for fonts, background color, or link colors. We have selected some default fonts and colors for you, but you may prefer to choose your own. To do this, select Settings > Preferences > webpages and select your preferred fonts, background color, or colors for normal and visited links. You can also enable or disable an underline for links.


A theme is a color scheme of the buttons and background images in the browser. You can apply a theme to Opera to change the way Opera looks entirely. To try a new theme:

  1. Go to (Search for Contrast theme) Alternatively, select Appearance > Themes.
  2. Select “Find more themes. The available themes display.
  3. Choose one you like and select the “Add to Opera” button. The theme applies so you can see if you like it.
  4. In the bar that displays at the top of the window, select either “Done X” to confirm the theme change and keep it, or “Undo” and everything will be back to the way it was. If you do not make a decision after a short while, the theme applies automatically.

Manage Themes

To see a list of all of the themes you have installed, select Appearance > Themes. You can delete or switch themes, or add new ones by selecting the “Find More Themes” button.


OS X Yosemite: Display pane of Accessibility preferences

Make items on the screen easier to see and the display easier to read.
To open this pane, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, select Accessibility, and select Display.

  • Invert colors: Invert the colors on your display. For example, text appears in white on a black background.
  • Use grayscale: Remove colors from the screen
  • Differentiate without color: Use shapes, in addition to or instead of color, to convey status or information.
  • Increase contrast: Increase the contrast of items on the screen (such as borders around buttons or boxes) without changing the contrast of the screen itself.
  • Reduce transparency: Replace the transparent effect used on some backgrounds in OS X with a darker background, to improve contrast and readability.
  • Display contrast: Increase the screen contrast.
  • Cursor size: Increase the size of the pointer.

Press Option-Command-F5.

You can enable keyboard shortcuts for inverting colors and changing the contrast in the Accessibility section of the Shortcuts pane of Keyboard preferences. To open the pane, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, select Keyboard, and select Shortcuts.


The fonts used on this site are a default size, which allows you to make adjustments according to your preference. The following is the easiest way to change the font size for some common web browsers.

Internet Explorer

Select the “View” menu. Highlight “Text Size”. Default setting will be medium. By changing the settings between largest and smallest, the text displayed on the page reflects your modification.


Select the “Tools” menu. Select “Options”. Select the “Content” tab. Change the “Default Font” and “Size” values (for more advanced options, select “Advanced” next to the “Size” value). Select the “OK” box, and the fonts should change on the browser.

Google Chrome

Change text, image, and video sizes (zoom)

You can adjust the size of everything on the webpages you visit, including text, images, and videos.

  1. Select the Chrome menu (burger menu) on the browser toolbar
  2. Select “Settings.”
  3. Select “Show advanced settings.”
  4. In the “web Content” section, use the “Page zoom” drop-down menu to adjust the zoom.

How to set zoom on your current page

Use the zoom options in the Chrome menu to make everything on a webpage larger or smaller.

  1. Select the Chrome menu (burger menu) on the browser toolbar.
  2. Find the “Zoom” section in the menu and choose one of the following options:
    1. Select the plus sign (+) to make everything on the page larger.
    2. You can also use the keyboard shortcuts “Ctrl” and “+” (Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS), or the Command Key (⌘) and “+” on a Mac.
    3. Select the minus sign (-) to make everything smaller. You can also use the keyboard shortcuts “Ctrl” and “–” (Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS), or the Command Key(⌘)  and “–” on a Mac.

To go into full-screen mode, use the keyboard shortcuts F11 (Windows and Linux), or Command Key (⌘) – Shift-F on a Mac. If you’re using Chrome OS, you can also press the Maximize Window key (max window key) at the top of your keyboard.

How to set the font size for all webpages

You can adjust the size of text on webpages.

  1. Select the Chrome menu () on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select “Settings.”
  3. Select “Show advanced settings.”
  4. In the “web Content” section, use the “Font size” drop-down menu to make adjustments.

Some websites prevent the browser from changing just text size. For those sites, Chrome won’t be able to adjust the font size.


Opera information about fonts

Changing fonts

To specify how fonts in different parts of the browser and webpages are displayed, go to Settings > Preferences > Advanced > Fonts and select an item in the list, and select “Choose”.

Note: You may have to enable “My fonts and colors” in Author mode or User mode to make font changes for webpage elements work.

Font size

If text appears too small on certain pages, increase the minimum font size to ensure readability.

Font color

Not all webpages clearly specify styling for all page elements. Use this preference setting to choose which colors to use, and whether links should be underlined in such cases.

Webpage fonts

Not all webpages clearly specify styling for all page elements. To choose which fonts to use in these cases, go to Settings > Preferences > webpages.


Zoom in on webpages

You can make text and images larger so they are easier to view.

  • Make the webpage content larger: Choose View > Zoom In, press the Command Key (⌘) – Plus Sign (+), or pinch open on your trackpad. To make Text Only larger, choose View > Zoom Text Only before you zoom in.
  • To set a minimum font size for webpages: Choose Safari > Preferences, select Advanced, and select “Never use font sizes smaller than.” Select the pop-up menu and choose the minimum font size you want.
  • Expand to full-screen view: Select the green full-screen button (green dot) in the top-left corner of the browser window, or press Control-Command Key (⌘)-F. To return to standard view, move the pointer to the top-left corner of the screen, then click the green full-screen button again, or press Control-Command Key (⌘)-F.



Web Accessibility Initiative, World Wide Web Consortium

[1] CDCR accepts no responsibility for the content or accessibility of external websites or external documents accessed through this website