Information on the web should be accessible to all users, including those with disabilities. Individuals may not be denied access to university information because of a disability.
Sites are expected to be accessible to users with visual, hearing, mobility, and cognitive disabilities. Standards for web accessibility are found in section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Please heed the following general recommendations for accessibility:
- Provide clear and uniform site navigation features.
- Use style sheets that control layout and presentation, while organizing documents so that they are readable without requiring an associated style sheet.
- Include clear and concise alt attributes for all relevant images and graphics appearing in your site.
- Avoid frames. Frames create printing problems and are not easily book- marked, and search engines have trouble indexing sites with frames.
- Do not rely on color to convey meaning, and do not apply individual colors, fonts, or text styles (other than bold) when entering or editing text. All text styling shall be solely controlled by the website’s style sheet.
- Employ simply structured, consistent, and error-free code.