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May 2003

ITSS To Offer Web Accessibility and Usability Services

In March 2002 the University of Minnesota adopted a new policy, Accessibility of Information Technology. This policy states that web pages must be made accessible to the widest possible audience, including those with disabilities who use screen readers and other adaptive technology to access the web.

There are techniques, guidelines, and tests that one can use to make an accessible web site. See our site on Web Page Accessiblity for more information.

Web developers can go one step beyond accessibility to usability. Usability is the art and science of designing systems or sites that are effective, efficient, engaging, error tolerant and easy to learn. For more information on both accessibility and usability, see our Web Design References.

ITSS is developing a new service to help units evaluate their web sites for accessibility and usability. ITSS staff with expertise in these areas will evaluate your site for you and give you a report on changes needed to make your site accessible and more useable. If you are interested in this service, please contact Steve Patterson (, 8785).

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