The power of the Web is in its universality.
Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.
– Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web
Why we want to make our sites accessible
One of the highlighted values that the College promotes is inclusiveness, and to ignore any segment of our population means we are not living up to our own expectations. The University not only expects us to follow a policy of accessibility, we want to make sure that we are making it easier for all people to interact with us. Through a process of working with accessible technologies and techniques, we can offer our content to more people in better ways.
"To enable persons with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life, States Parties shall take appropriate measures to ensure to persons with disabilities access, on an equal basis with others, to the physical environment, to transportation, to information and communications, including information and communications technologies and systems, and to other facilities and services open or provided to the public, both in urban and in rural areas."
What disabilities are affected by accessibility issues?
- Colorblindness or color deficiencies
- Visual impairments
- Deafness and the hard of hearing
- Learning disorders
- Users with impaired mobility, including problems with mice and/or keyboards
- Neurological issues, such as migraine sufferers, or the possibility of triggering seizures
How do we make our content more accessible?
Color plays an important role in how useful a site is for many people, especially those with color vision disabilities. We have adopted a standard of using colors with accessibility in mind for all users.
For further information on how we use color, visit the Color Accessibility section of the guidebook.
Headings are always in descending order
HTML headings are designed to work in descending order, from a larger H1 header at the top of the page down to H3 or H4 for smaller subheaders. Screen readers will often use the order of the headings to navigate a page.
H1 is almost always the page title/header.
Headings can also be grouped under particular headers, as long as the descending order is respected.