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Web Accessibility

Yesterday at the IT Forum we had a good discussion about web accessibility.  One of the things that was noted in the automated scans of campus web pages was that the primary areas of non-compliance were lack of “alt” attributes on images, lack of “skip nav” links, and lack of label tags on associated form fields.

It is easy to look at those things and think they are just minor details that don’t matter that much.  But let’s look at how important they really are.  Last year we presented an Accessibility Showcase to campus, and one of the presentations was a description of screen readers and then a live demonstration given by a blind student.  Watch or download the video and see how hard it is to navigate some of our own sites here on campus.

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Thursday, January 28th, 2010 Accessibility 2 Comments

IT Forum Meeting

Don’t forget that the IT Forum meets tomorrow (Jan 27)  afternoon at 3:00 in Room 601 Rudder Tower.

CIS will be talking  about Web Accessibility, the new state and university requirements, and the automated system they have available to check web sites for various accessibility issues.

If you manage a website I would encourage you to attend — if you haven’t already, you’ll likely be getting a call from these folks about scanning and updating your sites, and this is a good opportunity to learn ahead of time what to expect.

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Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 Accessibility No Comments