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Accessible Web Pages

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The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 recommended by the WC3 are fast becoming the industry standard for accessible websites. It outlines standards to be met but organizes them according to 4 main princples of accessibility:

  • Perceivable  - content must be presented in a way that all users can perceive it
  • Operable – components and navigation must be operable
  • Understandable – information and navigation must be understandable
  • Robust – Content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted by a wide variety of user agents including assistive technology

The full WCAG 2.0 document contains descriptions of all the standards and tips to help you meet them with a variety of technologies.

For a quick list of some of the common elements of web pages and how to make them accessible, select one of the links below or at left.

A note about the KU Content Management System: Drupal is the content management system we use at KU. The Drupal community is committed to creating accessible websites. That being said, if you use the content management system,  it is still possible to create inaccessible content so it is important you review WCAG 2.0 or at the very least, the links on this page to make sure you’re creating the most accessible site possible. For more information, visit the CMS ADA compliance page.

If you have some time to devote to learning and want a more in-depth look at coding accessible web pages, consider this Introduction to Web Accessibility  which is a free course provided by Google. 

Links to topics:

Alt Text for Images; Headings; Links; Tables; Forms; Focus; Lists; Color Considerations;

 


Academic, Employment and Public Accommodations

The University of Kansas is committed to providing an open and accessible academic and work environment. For information on accommodations, please contact the departments below:

Academic Accommodation
Academic Achievement and Access Center facilitates appropriate resources, services and auxiliary aids to provide each qualified student with a disability equitable access to educational, social and career opportunities at KU. Learn more...

Employment and General Accommodation
The Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access works to enhance and strengthen diversity and inclusion at the University of Kansas. Learn more...

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