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Website Accessibility

There are key elements to creating an accessible Web experience for all users. It is important to understand these fundamental elements before using a validation tool. Simply using a validation tool to check a site, will not mean it is accessible and explained in the following article: “Building the most inaccessible site possible with a perfect Lighthouse score.”

Key Elements in Creating Accessible Sites

  • Image Descriptions (Alt Tags): Make images accessible
  • Color Contrast: Color your site with care
  • Use Headings to organize your documents
  • Hyperlink Text: Give your links unique and descriptive names
  • All content is accessible with keyboard alone, in a logical way
  • Design your forms for accessibility
  • Create accessible Data Tables
  • Taming the Wild West of Dynamic Content on the Web for Accessibility
  • Use an Accessible Content Management System

ARIA: Accessible Rich Internet Applications

  • Use ARIA Properties and Roles
  • ARIA Made Easy

Quickstart/UA Sites

  • UA Quickstart – all the pieces have been put in place for you to spin up beautiful, accessible and secure websites in a matter of hours instead of weeks.
    • View tips on creating accessible Quickstart content
  • UA Sites – accessible, fully-developed Drupal sites managed by the UITS Campus Web Services team.

Web Validation Resources and Tools

Once you are familiar with what the key elements make a website accessible, the next step is to test your website for accessibility.

More Web Accessibility Resources

  • W3C: How People with Disabilities Use the Web
  • Web Accessibility Perspectives: Explore the Impact and Benefits for Everyone
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Government Website
  • Section 508
  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0
    • Guidance on Applying WCAG 2.0 to Non-Web Information and Communications Technologies (WCAG2ICT)

  • WebAIM
  • Web Accessibility for Designers
  • Dos and don’ts on designing for accessibility
  • Top 5 Questions Asked in Accessibility Trainings
  • Web Accessibility Gone Wild – Now even wilder!
  • University of California, Berkeley: Top 10 Tips for Making Your Website Accessible
  • Web Accessibility for Section 508
  • A Web for Everyone, Designing Accessible User Experiences
  • Accessibility Handbook, Making 508 Compliant Websites
  • W3C: How to Create Accessibility Statements
  • Creating Accessible Forms
  • How A Screen Reader User Accesses the Web: A Smashing Video

Disability Resources (DRC) is YOUR resource for ensuring accessible content!

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