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Accessibility Statement

The following is an overview of the steps we've taken to make the Department of History website accessible to a broad spectrum of users and devices. Our site was developed with the goal meeting both U.S. Government Section 508 Guidelines as well as priority levels 1, 2, and 3 of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.


A short menu at the start of every page allows users to jump directly to the most important parts of a page, including main content and navigation. (This feature is available to users with screen readers or text-only browsers.)

Access keys allow for easier navigation via keyboard. Windows users press Alt, Shift, and an access key (you may then have to press Enter); Macintosh users press Control and an access key. Pages on this site define the following access keys:

  • Access key 1 - Home Page
  • Access key 2 - Department Contacts
  • Access key 4 - Search Box
  • Access key s - Search Button
  • Access key 0 - Accessibility Statement

Font Size

You can change the font size of the website text:

  • In Internet Explorer, select "View" from the top navigation; select "Text Size"; and then select your preferred size.
  • In Firefox, select "View" from the top navigation; select "Zoom"; and then select either "Zoom In" or "Zoom Out." (You can also increase text size by pressing the keys Control and + on Windows computers or Command and + on Macintosh.)
  • In Safari, select "View" from the top navigation; select "Make Text Bigger" or "Make Text Smaller." Alternatively, you can hold down shortcut keys Command and + to make text bigger and Command and to make text smaller.


Each link has a title attribute that describes the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target.


All content images used in this site include descriptive alt attributes. XHTML text is always used instead of graphics containing text.

Related Resources

PennAccess provides detailed information about College Hall, location of the Department of History—including accessible building entrances, and areas where barriers do exist.

Office of Student Disabilities Services serves students from all of Penn's undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools. It provides comprehensive, professional services and programs for students with disabilities to ensure equal academic opportunities and participation in University-sponsored programs.

Faculty and Staff Disability Accommodations provides resources for requesting accommodations and campus access.