Federal legislation is catching up with the ethical reasons for making a web site accessible to people with disabilities. If you are making a web page, make sure it is designed to work well with a screen reader for those with sight impairments.

It is important to use appropriate headings to give structure to the document for those who cannot see the visual layout. Graphics should always have an "alt tag" describing the image. Audio and video clips should have accompanying scripts. For details about how to make your web site accessible, see our Web Developer's Guide and in particular the section on accessibility.

The University of Minnesota is considering adoption of a policy that is currently in a draft version.

Making your site accessible is not only the right thing to do, it's the law.


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