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Web Accessibility

Please see the categories below for more information. This is not a comprehensive list and we will continue to add information here, so please return frequently.

Accessible Design

One of the myths about digital accessibility is that it keeps designers from creating beautiful and interactive content.

This is simply not true.

While accessibility is a design constraint that requires skill and creativity to incorporate, it could be argued that accessibility is a hallmark of great design.

Design is art with strategy, and strategy cannot happen without usability.

The WCAG guidelines offer a way to make information and communication technology (ICT) available to as many people as possible. The guidelines are rooted in usability principles - which means that ICT will become more usable for everyone whether or not they live with disabilities.

However, for people living with disabilities, our choice to implement the WCAG guidelines means the difference between accessing ICT or being completely shut out of digital participation.

These design topics touch on some aspects of accessible design and will be expanded over time, but you can dive deeper on the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative's (WAI) website, "Tips for Getting Started Designing for Web Accessibility".

Content Contributors

If you are wondering how Ohio University's accessibility policy affects website content contributors, this is a great place to start learning. 

For questions about the accessibility of your content, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. In addition to providing guidelines and resources on the web services website, we will also be providing Accessibility training for content contributors in the near future.

Accessible Development

As a web developer/application programmer, you should keep the following accessibility concepts in mind as you create pages, templates, and sites.

Accessibility Evaluations

Evaluating a website or web application for accessibility is not difficult with automated tools. Just keep in mind that automated evaluations only find about 30% of accessibility issues. But if you are choosing between IT purchases, automated evaluations can give you an idea of which tool might do a better job including everyone in that solution.

Find out more about the IT purchasing process.

Accessibility Resources

Below is a sampling of useful third-party sites that talk about web accessibility.