Accessibility Tips

Accessibility Tips

Text size adjustment

Increase the text size for easier reading if desired. MinnesotaHelp.info® provides two ways to resize text on the screen - there is a drop down list that allows users to select a text size that is easiest to read, or users can use the built in browser text resizing option. Internet Explorer users can locate the browser's text resizing option in the View menu, under "text size". Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Internet Explorer 7 users can use the keystroke "Control+plus" to increase the font size (Command+plus on Macintosh computers). "Control+minus" decreases the font size.

Navigating without the mouse

If you find the mouse difficult to use, you can navigate the MinnesotaHelp.info® site using only the keyboard. The Tab key moves an outline from link to link in most browsers, allowing users to click on links that are highlighted by hitting the Enter key and to enter information into input form elements using the keyboard. To navigate through a drop down list or a set of radio buttons (radio buttons are the circles with the dark dot that can appear in the center to indicate that an option has been selected) use the up and down arrow keys.

Screen readers

Screen reader users can navigate MinnesotaHelp.info® easily by using the screen reader's ability to navigate headings within a web page. JAWS and Window-Eyes users can use the "H" key to move to the next heading. Alternatively, JAWS users can open a dialog that lists all headings on a page with the keystroke "Insert+F6", and Window-Eyes users can view all headings by using the "Insert+Tab" keystroke to open a dialog that shows headings as well as links, form controls, and other interface elements.

Save time during future visits

Use "My MinnesotaHelp" features to reduce time required to access often needed information. MinnesotaHelp.info® offers multiple ways to search the resource collection, but to save time on return visits users can save references to key resources for quick retrieval in the "My MinnesotaHelp" section.