Accessibility Statement

This is the official accessibility statement for the Department of Transportation Services. This document is meant to supplement the City and County of Honolulu's general Accessibility Policy. DTS is committed to improving its Web pages' accessibility for users with disabilities. All reasonable efforts have been made to bring DTS pages into compliance with contemporary web accessibility standards, within the limitations of the City's current web content management system. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us using the link provided in the menu on each page, or to address your concerns to the City's webmaster.

Standards Compliance

We have made efforts to bring all pages on our site into compliance with:

  1. Priority 1, 2, and 3 guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
  2. U.S. Federal Government Section 508 Guidelines.
  3. HTML 4.01 specifications. (Due to limitations in the City's current web content management system, pages will not actually validate as HTML compliant).
  4. All pages on this site use structured semantic markup. H2 tags are used for main titles, H3 tags for subtitles.
    • All pages on this site include WAI-ARIA landmark roles, which allow assistive technologies to provide users with features which they can use to identify and navigate to sections of page content.


  1. City & County of Honolulu Basic Web Page Design Guidelines require that "all hyperlinks to external web sites should open the external web site in a new browser window." However, because forcing users to open a new browser window presents accessibility problems, we have instead decided to mark all links to external websites with an arrow image External Link Image, and the rel="external" HTML attribute, so that both visual and screen reader users are made aware that they are leaving our site. DTS and the City & County of Honolulu cannot be held responsible for the content of these external websites.
  2. Many links have title attributes which describe the link in greater detail, unless the text of the link already fully describes the target.
  3. Links are written to make sense out of context.

Visual Design

  1. This site uses inline Cascading Style Sheets for visual layout. If your browser or browsing device does not support CSS at all, the content of each page is still readable.
  2. Pages have been checked using Vischeck and Color Contrast Checker to ensure readability for color blind individuals.


  1. All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes or have been included as background images.
  2. Complex images include "Long Description" attributes or inline descriptions to explain the significance of each image to non-visual readers.

Accessibility References

  1. W3 accessibility guidelines, which explains the reasons behind each guideline.
  2. W3 accessibility techniques, which explains how to implement each guideline.
  3. W3 accessibility checklist, a developer's guide to accessibility.
  4. U.S. Federal Government Section 508 accessibility guidelines.

Internet Browsers

Many popular browsers contain built-in accessibility tools which make it easier for individuals with disabilities to access the Internet. Below, you can find links to accessibility information on a few popular web browsers. We also suggest that, if possible, you upgrade to the latest version of your browser, as advances in accessibility are often added with each new version.