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The City of Pinole is committed to making our website as accessible as possible to blind and partially sighted users, and to people with disabilities. Although not required by regulation or law, the City voluntarily complies with the guidelines used at the Federal level ("Section 508").


Some of the website's accessibility features include...

  • All images used in our site are given appropriate alternative text descriptions ("ALT tags"), as required by internationally-recognised Web accessibility guidelines. All graphical navigation buttons are similarly ALT-tagged.

  • Graphic images with "image maps" contain ALT tags and, if needed, navigation instructions.
    Photographs that contribute to the content of a page include a long description.

  • We try to use link names that are descriptive, intuitive text links, not vague references such as "click," "here," "link," or "this."
  • All pages on this site have a hidden accessibility feature, noticeable only to users of text-only and audio browsers, which enables the user to "skip over" the main page navigation buttons (rather then having to tab through them manually at the start of every page). You can jump down to the main content of the page withiout listening to the navigation scheme for each page.

  • Menus, tables and forms are designed to be intuitive, logical and easy use by "keyboard" navigators

  • The main Pinole website does not use frames (since they cannot be read intelligently by screen readers, create navigation problems and are not supported by all browsers).


  • In general, we try to avoid the use of proprietary publishing formats (Powerpoint, MS-Word, Shockwave Flash), browser-specific markup, and other technologies which can create accessibility barriers. When we do post in one of these formats (Flash for example) we try to provide an "alternate page" with the same basic information.

  • The City of Pinole web site contains (PDF) documents and forms that require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view or print.  We use this method when the documents are not available in digital form, too large or difficult to produce in HTML, or they are publications where the format is critical to the usability of the document online.

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader software is available at no cost. This software allows you to view, navigate and print Portable Document Format (PDF) files. Download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

  • Free tools are also available to assist visually impaired users. Download Adobe's PDF Accessibility Tools.

  • Additionally, Adobe has added a .pdf conversion tool that will convert .pdf files to HTML pages. Download Adobe's PDF to HTML Converter.


Many people are involved in the maintenance of this website so it is possible that certain sections could go out of compliance.

  • If you encounter difficulty using this site, please email the webmaster describing the nature of the problem and the section where the difficulty was encountered.

  • For general (non-website related) questions, please contact...

    City Hall Administrative Offices
    2131 Pear Street, Pinole, CA 94564
    Tel: (510) 724-9000 - Fax: (510) 724-9826
    Email: cityhall@ci.pinole.ca.us
    Web: www.ci.pinole.ca.us/admin/
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