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Web Accessibility Guidelines

These Web Accessibility Guidlines can be printed as a checklist.

The Web Accessibility Task Force has created these Web Accessibility Guidelines to help faculty and staff develop or modify Web-based course material, lectures, and assignments in an accessible way. In order to use this checklist effectively, you will need to have some knowledge of HTML or experience using an HTML editor such as Dreamweaver.

  1. If you use images, use the Alt tag to provide a clear text alternative. Descriptive Alt text should let the user know what an image is and the purpose of that image.
    Alt Tags and Images
  2. Allow for sufficient contrast between colors on a page and ensure that information conveyed by the use of color is understandable without color.
    Color Contrast
  3. Every link should indicate where it is going to take the user. Specific link names and the title attribute will help the user know what will happen when they click on the link.
    Explanatory Links
  4. If you use audio or video files, provide a description/transcript in text form. It can be on the same page, or a hyperlink to a separate page can be placed near the clip.
    Audio and Video Files
  5. If you use motion or animation, make sure that it's necessary. If it is, be sure to provide an alternate text description that clearly communicates the action and its purpose.
    Motion and Animation
  6. Enable activation of page elements via keyboard or voice input, not just a pointing device, such as a mouse.
  7. If you use tables, be sure they make sense when read left to right, top to bottom. Identify, by labeling or other appropriate means, row and column headers.
    Tables
  8. If you use frames, clearly title each frame. Use the TITLE attribute to facilitate navigation and frame identification.
    Frames
  9. If you use forms, clearly associate form labels with their elements by placing them immediately above or to the left of the element.
    Forms
  10. If you use scripts or applets, make sure the pages retain their full meaning with scripts turned off and in browsers that don't support scripts. If a page does lose its meaning without a script, provide a way to compensate for it.
    Scripts and Applets
  11. If you use multiple languages, use the LANG attribute for screen readers and braille displays that support it and provide an audio alternative for each clip.
    Multiple Languages

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Page last modified: December 11, 2012