Accessibility - Keeping the Site Accessible to All
Accessibility is Important!
Our western.edu site attracts and serves a diverse group of people from around the globe. Some users have visual or motor-skill impairments. They use assistive technologies, such as screen readers and text-only browsers; others view our pages with outmoded technologies and slow connection speeds. Each day, more users come to our website via mobile devices of varying sizes and capabilities. It’s increasingly important that web developers and content managers make their pages accessible to the greatest number of people possible.
Constructing pages within the Drupal content management system helps editors create accessible content by prompting them for alt tags and other tools. Templates in Drupal are designed to meet Level 1 of the WC3 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. All web editors should familiarize themselves with these standards and attempt to maintain at least this level of accessibility.
More Information on Accessibility
- World Wide Web Consortium (WC3) Web Accessibility Initiative
- Web AIM (Accessibility In Mind): Introduction to Web Accessibility
- WC3 Resources
- Web Standards Project
Some Guidelines to Enhance Accessibility
- Include a description whenever you post an image, movie or other content that can't be accessed by a screen-reader.
- Avoid flashing images and flashing text.
- Ensure any time-dependent multimedia content can be stopped and started by the user.
- Include closed-captions with video content whenever possible.
- Include transcripts of audio content whenever possible.
- Format your text so it has good contrast against the background of your page.
- Don't use images to display text. If you must (perhaps for a logo), include the image text in the alt tag.