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June 19th, 2007 by tamuwebmaster

Web developers and designers are responsible for ensuring the accessibility of their own Web sites. Validation tools provided by WebXACT and the W3C can aid in this effort.

If a university Web page or site falls into the category of “Key Public Entry Point” due to the nature of the information, service or resource they provide, these pages are required to have an “Accessibility” link to http://rules-saps.tamu.edu/PDFs/33.04.99.M5.pdf as well as a parenthetical “(PDF Reader)” link to http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/ for access to a reader.

The Texas A&M Home page (which means the main pages for Texas A&M College Station, Galveston, Qatar), university key public entry points, and other public information pages (not faculty, class or curricular pages) must:

  • Provide a text equivalent for every non-text element (e.g., using alt or longdesc tags)
  • Provide equivalent alternatives for multimedia presentations either using synchronized alternatives (such as closed captions) or transcripts.

As Web sites and pages at the university are constantly being redesigned and implemented, they may become as important as a “Key Public Entry Point” but not be listed. The judgment of the developer or Webmaster then should determine the necessity of linking to the accessibility policy as if it were a key public entry point.

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007 Accessibility, Style Guide
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1 Comment to Accessibility

  1. As Kendra, Stephen and Matt have noted in a recent UWeb discussion, the SAP listed above was revised at the end of May. Most of the changes (and I know from making changes on both sides of the May 22 revision…arrrgggh) stem from required links and the organization of those links (sections 4.4 and 4.5)

  2. chiv on July 16th, 2007

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