DELAWARE GENERAL ASSEMBLY WEBSITE PRIVACY, PERMISSION,
INFORMATION AND ACCESSIBILITY POLICY
Records are kept by the webmasters of the Delaware General Assembly to analyze traffic patterns on the website and maintain an effective system. Methods of storing and retrieving information from a user's Internet browser, known in the field of website development as "cookies", are not used by the webmasters of the Delaware General Assembly. Logs will not be sold, rented, or otherwise disclosed for private, commercial or non-profit use. Inquiries made through the Delaware General Assembly guestbook are kept confidential and are only forwarded to the intended or appropriate recipients(s).
To obtain permission to reproduce the information (text or graphics) contained on the Delaware General Assembly website for any commercial, private or non-profit purpose, submit the specifics of your request in writing to Jeffrey W. Hague, Registrar of Regulations, Division of Research, P.O. Box 1401, Legislative Hall, Dover DE 19903. If permission is granted, the wording "provided with permission from the Delaware General Assembly" and the date must be noted and a copy of the final product submitted to the Registrar.
The Delaware General Assembly encourages the free exchange of public information and recognizes the potential of the Internet and other electronic media to make this information more widely available. The Delaware General Assembly strives to ensure the dissemination of timely, accurate public information. With respect to documents available from this server, neither the Delaware General Assembly nor any of its employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Further, the Delaware General Assembly and its employees do not assume any legal liability, or responsibility, for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed. The Delaware General Assembly and its employees also do not represent that the use of any documents available from this sever would not infringe on privately owned rights. The Delaware General Assembly does not favor any one group over another, nor does the use of any product or link to any organization herein constitute an endorsement of that product or organization. Similarly, the Delaware General Assembly is not responsible for the content of any site referenced from the General Assembly website. Referenced sites are not maintained by the webmasters of the Delaware General Assembly and are the responsibility of the referenced site’s webmaster(s). Website users with questions or concerns about sites linked from the General Assembly website may e-mail or write to Jeffrey W. Hague, Registrar of Regulations with any questions or concerns.
It is the policy of the Delaware General Assembly to ensure that people with hearing, visual and other disabilities have equal access to public information available on the Internet and the World Wide Web. The guidelines for achieving universal accessibility and the application of those principles are used in the design and creation of the Delaware General Assembly Website.
The following guidelines are intended to help ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that the Delaware General Assembly website is designed and developed to serve the largest possible audience. By following these guidelines an added benefit is provided to those users with text-based browsers, slow(er) modem connections and/or no multimedia capabilities on their computer.
NOTE: Our Budget and Bond Bills are released in .pdf format because of the size of the bills. These files are not full-text searchable through the regular website, however, once the .pdf file is open, then the contents of the individual bill can be searched.
Text Based Design
- Maintaining a standard page layout throughout the site.
- Avoiding the unnecessary use of icons, graphics and photographs.
- Using plain backgrounds and simple layouts to improve the readability of text.
- Including textual as well as graphical navigation aids.
- Avoiding the abbreviation of dates; e.g., using December 1, 1996 rather than 12/1/96.
- Testing web pages with a variety of web browsers; including graphical browsers with the images turned off and a text based browser, if possible.
- Avoiding or limiting the use of HTML tags or extensions which are supported by only one browser.
- Testing images at different resolutions and color depths.
- Considering the development of a text only version of the document or site to facilitate access not only by people with visual impairments, but users of nongraphical browsers or slower Internet connections.
Graphics and Images
- Ending all sentences, headers, list items, etc. with a period or other suitable punctuation.
- Avoiding or limiting the use of side by side presentation of text, e.g., columns and tables;
- Considering the use of preformatted text, which is available in all versions of HTML and can be displayed with all types of browsers.
- Providing alternate versions of forms. Alternatives might include a simple list or paragraph of what is needed to submit a form entry and then providing a link to a mailto. Featuring or supplying an appropriate email address to send the text.
- Minimizing the number of hyperlinks that appear in a single line of text (one hyperlink is best) and using vertical lists for links wherever possible.
- Avoiding or limiting the use of bitmap text images.
- Beginning lists with a descriptive identifier and the number of items so the users will have an idea of what the list represents and the total length of the list.
- Using numbers instead of bullets to help the user remember items of interest to them.
- Providing meaningful and descriptive text for hyperlinks, not using short hand, e.g. "click here". (Screen readers can search specifically for linked text. "Click here" provides no indication of where the link will take them.)
- Providing the equivalent text in ASCII and HTML format if documents are provided in a specialized format (e.g. PDF, etc.) .
- Keeping the number of colors in images to a minimum.
- Minimizing the file size and number of images displayed on any one page.
- Designing background images at the lowest color depth and resolution possible.
- Ensuring that text can always be clearly read at any location against the background.
- Avoiding or limiting the use of image maps; providing an alternate text based method of selecting options when image maps are used (e.g., separate HTML page or menu bar).
- Using the [ALT] option within image tags to provide associated text for all images, pictures and graphical bullets.
- Providing text transcriptions of all video clips.
- Including captions or text tracts with a description or sounds of the movie, wherever possible.
- Providing descriptive passages about speakers and events being shown through video clips.
- Giving a written description of any critical information contained in audio files contained on your website.
- Informing the user of the audio file format and file size in kilobytes when linking to an audio file.