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Is Your Web Site Accessible?

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Reminder: the deadline for making legacy University of Minnesota Web pages WCAG AA compliant is approaching.

As reported in January 2014, the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG), level AA, is the Web accessibility standard for the University of Minnesota. Reasonable effort must be taken to ensure legacy Web pages and resources are in compliance by January 1, 2015.

The University of Minnesota Accessibility Standards Web site states the full implementation timeline:

  • All new and redesigned Web pages published by any college, department, program, or unit, as well as other Web resources published, hosted or otherwise provided by the University of Minnesota, shall be in compliance with the WCAG 2.0 AA standards.
  • Reasonable effort must be taken to ensure legacy Web pages and resources are in compliance no later than January 1, 2015.
  • Web pages, including legacy or archive pages, that are specifically requested to be made accessible as an accommodation for an individual with a disability shall be made accessible or an equally effective alternative must be provided within 10 business days.
    Information-based pages
    Communicate the same information in an accessible format, and with an equivalent level of accuracy.
    Interactive or service pages
    Provides for completion of a process (e.g. registration) in a time interval comparable to that of non-disabled users, and with comparable effort on the part of the requestor.
  • Each University of Minnesota affiliated Web site, including legacy pages, shall indicate, in plain text, a method of contact for users having difficulty accessing the content.

Spotting and Fixing Web Accessibility Issues

A number of videos, tutorials, and training modules are available to help you make your Web site accessible. Among them are the following.

Training Video

The following video tutorial, "Identifying Web Accessibility Issues," from the The National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE) can help everyone check for accessibility issues:

Online Tutorials

As mentioned in the "Identifying Web Accessibility Issues" video the WAVE (Web Accessibility Versatile Evaluator) can be used to help check Web pages for accessibility. The UMD Accessibility Task Force has used both the WAVE and Compliance Sheriff in recent evaluations and found them to be helpful. The following two tutorials can assist you in using these tools to check for WCAG AA compliance.

  1. The WAVE Accessibility Tool
  2. HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff Tool

Issues and Techniques Training Modules

The University of Minnesota's Web Accessibility: Issues and Techniques training modules not only illuminate some common accessibility issues but also provide techniques for resolving them.

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