Santa Barbara Home Site ("SBHS") is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
SBHS believes that it satisfies most of Section 508 checkpoints for compliance with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0. Please note that due to the abundant use of images as well as the use of certain images through third-party or linked sources (i.e., the MLS Feed through the SBAOR) or using interactive media (i.e., slideshows), we are not able to title each and every image.
Reasonable accommodations, including equal access to communications, will be provided upon request. Requests for reasonable accommodations, with regard to equal access to communications, should be directed to email@example.com.
I accept no responsibility for the content or Accessibility of the external web sites or external documents linked to on this web site.
Simple and Consistent
Our web site uses simple information architecture with uniform navigation and reliable headings throughout. Content layout and graphical design are consistent on every page.
"Skip to:" Links
The Skip to navigation appears at the top of each page. It allows the user to jump to the content area, accessibility page, or footer, and skip the navigation and other header elements, which repeat on every page.
Main Site Navigation
The main navigation, located just below the title banner, and sub-navigation, usually located at the top-right of the page content area, uses lists. Lists make it easier for screen readers to literally read down the list without having to sort through unnecessary code. Lists also allow the users to use the Tab-key () to move from link to link.
Images with Alternative Text
Photographs and other relevant images on the site will eventually be accompanied by alternative text (the alt attribute of the Image tag). Alt tags provide a written description of the image, which is accessible to screen readers, and it is visible when the mouse is placed over the image. This is also useful for people who have images turned off on their browser, in which case a description will display where the image used to be.
Relative Font Sizing
Relative font size can be enlarged using magnification tools or by changing your browser settings.
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are used for content layout and many graphical elements (color, font styles, custom titles and subtitles, etc.) Using CSS for styling ensures a clean, streamlined, and easy to maintain HTML that downloads fast. Style sheets can be replaced by the user's own styles.
To turn CSS off, and access the content without any formatting, download and install the Firefox Web Developer toolbar or the Internet Explorer Developer toolbar. With these toolbars turning CSS on and off is just a click away, plus they offer many other helpful tools. If you use a different browser, do an Internet search for Accessibility for your particular browser.
Every installation of Internet Explorer 8 comes with the Developer Tools. Getting started with the tools is simple: press F12 or click Developer Tools from the Tools menu. Once open, the tools exist in their own window, each one connected to a single tab in Internet Explorer. If you prefer to decrease the number of open windows, pin the tools to a tab by clicking the Pin button or pressing Ctrl+P.
Accessible via Mouse or Keyboard
You can use the mouse or keyboard to navigate through the site.
- The Tab-key will move the cursor from link, or tab-enabled element, to the next.
- Shift-Tab will move you back to the previous link or tab-enabled element.
- Within a menu system the Arrow keys (up, left, down and right) allow interaction with the menu items and sub-menus.
- Use Enter to select the highlighted item.
No Sound? No Images?
It may not be pretty, but all content is accessible without sound, color, scripts or graphics.
Web Browser Plug-ins
This is a list of web browser plug-ins that you will need to access all of the elements and assets in this site.
Some multimedia elements this site may require Adobe Flash Player. To properly view these elements you should have the latest version of Adobe Flash Player (formerly Macromedia Flash Player) installed on your computer or mobile device. Flash Player is available as a free download from the Adobe web site. Download Adobe Flash Player.
Some or all of the documents linked from this site are Adobe Portable Document Files or PDFs. To properly view and print these PDFs you should have the latest version of Adobe Reader (formerly Acrobat Reader) installed on your computer. Adobe Reader is available as a free download from the Adobe web site. Download Adobe Reader.
Adobe Permissions and Trademark Guidelines
These “get” images may only be used in conjunction with the Adobe Permissions and Trademark Guidelines. The guidelines and images can be found and downloaded at this link.