Accessibility

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Accessibility

Please keep in mind that any changes that are made to the online course material(s) need to maintain compliance for accessibility. Here are the general guidelines we use to meet compliance requirements:

Where can I find Web Content Accessibility Guidelines?

We use the University Communication and Marketing requirements for Web Content Accessibility, please adhere to these guidelines with all web-based course content.

What are the accessibility recommendations for Microsoft Word documents, and how can I check their accessibility?

Use pre-formatted styles in documents that are created in Microsoft products and use the accessibility checker that is a part of the Office suite.

Can color be used to convey important information?

Limit the use of color to convey important information or color that provides poor contrast. Avoid the use of red, green, and light/pastel colors. You can use the Web Aim color contrast checker to see if your color combinations will pass.

Should attachments be accessible and mobile friendly?

All attachments must be in a format that is able to be utilized by a mobile device and accessibility software. The recommendation is PDF format. The exception to this guideline is if an attachment or file type is central to the instruction, for example, a Photoshop class would use Photoshop files that are central to the class instruction. All attachments must be tagged to be utilized with accessibility software.

What are the best practices for providing alt text for images?

All Images or media must be included Alt Text and citation to provide descriptive information on the use of the graphical element. If the image is used for instruction, then a more extensive alt text or summary text will need to be included since the image information will not be read by a screen reader. Please review the best practices for alternative text.

What are the best practices for hyperlinking text?

All links need to be meaningful and descriptive and avoid the use of "link" or "click here". Please review the best practices for hyperlinking.

What are the best practices for providing closed captioning for video?

All videos that will be consistently used for instruction in the course need to be closed captioned. Please review the best practices for closed captioning.

What are the best practices for document and page layouts?

Maintain a simple, consistent page layout throughout your course or document. Use proper formatting, styles and headings in logical order. Avoid providing empty or skipping logical order of headings.

What are the recommendations for using tables?

Use table headers and title or caption for data tables. Try not to use presentation tables. Only use tables to display information when necessary.

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