Ohio University is committed to universal access to websites on the ohio.edu domain. Improving accessibility makes websites more usable for all visitors. OHIO has adopted the guidelines developed by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the WC3, and once our new policy is approved, we will all be required to work towards making websites that are compliant with the WCAG 2.0 AA standards. There are quite a few tools to help developers and contributors meet the AA standards.
The WCAG standards defines four principles of web accessibility. Websites should be:
- Information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive.
- User interface components and navigation must be operable.
- Information and the operation of user interface must be understandable.
- Content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies.
Each of these principles has guidelines that are explained on the WAI website.
WCAG 2.0 compliance was one of the highest priorities for Ohio University in choosing a new content management system. Our Web CMS provides many safeguards, like requiring alternative descriptions for images and using templates with consistent navigation for content contributors as they add and change content on University web pages.