Web Accessibility Resources - Web Center

Learn about web accessibility, create/modify your web pages (HTML) and content files (PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) to meet accessibility guidelines, and then run each page through an accessibility validation tool (see below) to ensure its accessibility to all people, including those with disabilities.

The Best Online Resource for Web Accessibility

WebAIM - The Best Website for Learning About Web Accessibility

…in the Web Team's humble opinion. Start here - you may not need to look anywhere else.

  • WebAIM (Web Accessibility In Mind) - An excellent website. Explanations are clear and thorough. (tutorials, resource, articles, reference)
    • HTML Accessibility: Authoring Tools, Content and Structure, Forms, Frames, Images, JavaScript, Keyboard Accessibility, Presentation and Style, Tables
    • Rich Media Accessibility: Adobe Acrobat PDF, Captioning, Flash, PowerPoint, Word
    • The User's Perspective: Disability Types: Visual (such as blindness, low vision, color-blindness); Auditory (such as deafness); Motor (such as inability to use a mouse, lack of fine muscle control); Cognitive (such as reading disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD); Seizure (such as from flickering and flashing)
    • Standards and Laws: WCAG, United States, International
    • Evaluation, Testing, and Tools: Online checkers/validators/simulators, free and commercial software, books, assistive technologies, browsers

Web Accessibility Guidelines

How to Make Specific Content Files Accessible

Accessibile content files (MS Office, PDF, etc.) are important even when they are not posted to a website.

MS Office Files

PDF Files

Start with an accessible MS Office file (or other type of software file) before creating a PDF file and then making that accessible.

Web Accessibility Checklists

Web Accessibility Tools

  • WebAIM - Accessibility Tools (tutorials)
  • WAVE Accessibility Tool (from WebAIM) - check your pages for accessibility (free online tool)

  • Watchfire WebXACT - WebXACT is a free online service that lets you test single pages of web content for quality, accessibility, and privacy issues. (free online tool)
  • Page Valet - check your pages for accessibility (free online tool)

Learn About Web Accessibility: Why? What? How?

Tutorials

  • WebAIM (Web Accessibility In Mind) - An excellent website. Explanations are clear and thorough. (tutorials, resource, articles, reference)
    • HTML Accessibility: Authoring Tools, Content and Structure, Forms, Frames, Images, JavaScript, Keyboard Accessibility, Presentation and Style, Tables
    • Rich Media Accessibility: Adobe Acrobat PDF, Captioning, Flash, PowerPoint, Word
    • The User's Perspective: Disability Types: Visual (such as blindness, low vision, color-blindness); Auditory (such as deafness); Motor (such as inability to use a mouse, lack of fine muscle control); Cognitive (such as reading disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD); Seizure (such as from flickering and flashing)
    • Standards and Laws: WCAG, United States, International
    • Evaluation, Testing, and Tools: Online checkers/validators/simulators, free and commercial software, books, assistive technologies, browsers

  • W3C WAI - How People with Disabilities Use the Web - Very informative. "This resource introduces how people with disabilities, including people with age-related impairments, use the Web. It describes tools and approaches that people with different kinds of disabilities use to browse the Web and the design barriers they encounter on the Web. It helps developers, designers, and others to understand the principles for creating accessible websites, web applications, browsers, and other web tools." (resource)

  • Access-Board.gov - Web-based Intranet and Internet Information and Applications (tutorial, resource)

References

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