Web Accessibility Guidelines
OIT is committed to supporting universal access to websites on the ohio.edu domain. Improving accessibility makes websites not only easier for people with disabilities to use but also improves usability for all users. Take a look at our basic accessibility guidelines found in the getting started section.
Ohio University adopted the guidelines developed by the WC3 and is working toward WCAG 2.0 AA compliance. The WCAG working group has defined four principles for web developers and content contributors to use to improve 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, and there are quite a few tools, some of which are listed in our resources, to help developers and contributors meet the AA standards.
WCAG 2.0 compliance was one of the highest priorities for Ohio University in choosing a new content management system. Our Drupal installation 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.
To learn more about creating and contributing to accessible websites, choose the tabs below.