Accessibility - Keeping the Site Accessible to All
Accessibility is Important!
The Western website is visited and used by a diverse group of people from around the globe. Some of our users have visual or motor skill impairments and utilize assistive technologies such as screen readers and text-only browsers; others view our pages using outmoded technologies and slow connection speeds. Increasingly, users are coming to our websites using mobile devices of varying size and capability. As such, it is important that web developers and content make their pages accessible to the greatest number of people possible.
Constructing pages within the Drupal CMS will assist editors in creating accessible content by prompting them for “alt” tags, for example. The templates within Drupal have been designed to meet level one 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: http://www.w3.org/WAI/
- Web AIM (Accessibility In Mind): Introduction to Web Accessibility- http://www.webaim.org/intro/
- WC3 Resources: http://www.w3.org/WAI/Resources/
- WC3: http://www.w3.org
- Web Standards Project - http://www.webstandards.org/
What guidelines are there to ensure the site is accessible?
- Include a description anytime 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 (ie, for a logo), include the image text in the alt tag.