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Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) Accessibility Standards and Procedures

Introduction

In furtherance of its responsibility to provide equal access to its programs, services and activities, the College strives to make all web content fully accessible in accordance with the World Wide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA.

Web Accessibility Tips

Content authors can make websites more accessible to users with disabilities by incorporating the following (support documentation can be found at WebAIM):

  1. Semantic Markup - Use semantic markup effectively (title, headings, quote, block quote, emphasis, lists).
  2. Alt Text - Provide appropriate alternative text for images.
  3. Link Text - Link text should be descriptive and unique. Avoid “click here” links or links with vague names. 
  4. Colors - Use colors with sufficient luminosity contrast, brightness difference, and color difference.  Don’t use color alone to convey information.
  5. Captions, Transcripts, and Audio Description - Provide captions or transcripts for audio and descriptions for information provided visually.
  6. Clarity - Use language and layout that make it easy for your guests to find what they need. (More on writing for the web)
  7. Non-HTML Content - Ensure accessibility of PDF, MS Office, Flash, etc.
  8. Forms - Use descriptive labels marking input elements and labels for input groups.
  9. Skip Navigation - Provide link to “skip navigation” or “skip to content”.
  10. Data Table Headers - Use table headers to designate column and/or row headers.
  11. ARIA - incorporate Accessible Rich Internet Applications as appropriate.
  12. JavaScript - Ensure that implemented JavaScript is accessible.
  13. Moving, Blinking or Scrolling Information - Ensure user controls to pause, stop or hide moving, flashing, blinking content (including carousels). 
  14. Validate HTML - Use an HTML Validator.

Resources

Below are some links to websites that provide excellent information on a variety of web accessibility goals and strategies:

Springshare's information on Accessibility in Libguides - - MHC Accessibility Barriers Form