Tips for Users
The Site Map provides an overview of the organization of the site.
Use the links in the navigational area at
of each page to move among the topic areas
of the White House web site. To
return to the whitehouse.gov
home page from
anywhere, use the words "home" and the White House graphic in the navigation area on
the top left of each page. You may also use the
text links in the footer of each page to navigate among the topic areas.
Intra-Site Navigation for Topic Areas
The topic areas within whitehouse.gov have internal navigation elements
listed in a blue navigation area on the left
side of each page to
help you move to other pages within that topic area.
In most cases, you may use your browser's "Back" button to return to
a page you previously visited.
In most cases, when a hyperlink takes you off the White House web
site, you will see a message informing you of this.
Using the search feature in the lower right side of the header on each page, you can search the White House web site by entering key
words. A listing of White House web pages will be returned to you.
PDF Files (Acrobat)
Some documents on the White House web site are in Portable Document
Format (PDF). These cross-platform documents ensure that users will be able to
obtain publications in their original format regardless of what platform,
software, or configurations they use to access the Internet. In order to view
PDF documents, however, users must first download the free Acrobat Reader
software, which lets you view, navigate through, and print PDF documents.
Detailed instructions for downloading and installing the Acrobat Reader are
available at http://www.adobe.com/acrobat/readstep.html.
If you are not able to complete the indicated procedure, a Troubleshooting
guide is available. For best results, make sure you have installed version 3.0
or later of the Acrobat Reader.
These files, require installation and
use of either RealPlayer software or Windows Media Player, which is available for free from RealNetworks or Microsoft.
These file format allows us to "stream" audio and video files to users, which
means that you begin hearing and seeing the files without having to wait for
the entire file to download. (Note that to hear audio on your computer, your
system must also have a sound card and speakers or earphones.)
Other Audio Files
Some audio files on the White House web site are in "au" format. These
sound files can be played using a standard soundplayer bundled with your
computer's operating system--for example, Microsoft Media Player for Windows,
SoundMachine for the Macintosh, and XPlayGizmo for Unix. (Note that to hear
audio on your computer, your system must also have a sound card and speakers or
Users with text-only browsers and screen readers automatically receive
White House web site pages that are text only.
The White House web pages are designed to download as quickly as
possible by users on modem connections to the Internet. To help our web pages
render more quickly, our current standard is to include accurate "HEIGHT" and
"WIDTH" for all our images and to optimize our graphics for the smallest
possible file size without comprising visual quality. In addition, we avoid
using tables that are more than about two computer screens (or roughly 800
pixels) long, because browsers cannot render information in a table until the
entire table has been parsed and laid out. Restricting the size of tables on
our pages speeds their display for users.
The PDFs on this web site have been processed with the
MakeAccessible Plug-in from Adobe Systems Incorporated. This plug-in
creates a tagged PDF from one that is untagged, which makes the PDF
accessible by screen readers. Please note that this plug-in is
known to have some limitations related to font encodings, tables
recognition, complex recognition, and layer order.
Sending a Link to WhiteHouse.gov
The White House provides users with the ability to send links to content
directly from the WhiteHouse.gov webpages simply by clicking on the "Email
This Page" icon located at the top right-hand corner of selected content
sections of the site. Clicking on the icon will prompt a small window with
a submit form. Enter as many email addresses as you wish, seperated by
comma's, in the area labeled "Enter email address". When all
email addresses are inserted click "Submit Query". You have
just sent White House content.