It is important the Augusta University website is accessible to all who use it.

Web Services works to ensure the website meets accessibility standards. We've put together the following resource to assist our content editors in adding and creating accessible web content.

Headings

Use headings to help organize page content. When used properly, headings can not only help visitors visually find content on a page, but can be used to navigate by those relying on assistive technologies such as screen readers.

Page headings should be nested by rank with h1 being the highest and h6 being the lowest.

H1 - Page Heading

H1 is used only once on a page as the main page heading. This is automatically added as part of the page template and can be edited in the Properties.

Sections and Subsections

Headings of equal or higher rank denote new sections. Headings with lower rank indicate subsections within the current section.

  • [h1] Page Heading
    • [h2] New Section
      • [h3] Subsection
      • [h3] Subsection
    • [h2] New Section
    • [h2] New Sections
      • [h3] Subsection

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Images

Images should not be used as a primary means to communicate information as they cannot be properly viewed by persons with any manner of vision impairment or persons using assistive technologies. Additionally information contained in images cannot be displayed in search results.

Alternate Descriptions

Images should contain alternate descriptions that can be read by screen readers or displayed when images cannot load due to connection issues or user preference. The alternative description should contain any important information in the image and/or describe the image or the feeling the image is trying to convey.

When adding an image using Omni CMS enter a description in the alternative description field.

Images Containing Text

Remember text as part of an image cannot be read by screen readers, search engines, or persons with vision impairments. Do not assume any text in an image can or will be read. This includes decorative banners and fliers. A text equivalent should be included as the alternative description or a text-only equivalent needs to be available. If the primary purpose of the image is to provide text-based content (ie a flyer or a poster), it cannot be used on the website. 

Images as Links

If images are used to link to additional information - for instance, a picture of cover art linking to a downloadable pdf - the image should indicate it is a link and the alternate description should also describe what it links to.

Graphs, Charts, and Infographics

When images are used to convey data and/or information, a text-equivalent should also be made available.

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Multimedia

Content presented in video or audio format needs to also be available to persons unable to access the content in its original medium.

Video

Videos should contain closed captioning. If closed captioning is unavailable a transcript should be provided.

Visual information in videos, such as graphs or on-screen text, should be described in the video or otherwise made available in non-visual formats or formats accessible by assistive technologies.

If a video contains flashing lights or rapidly moving images, an epilespy warning should preceed the video.

Audio

Transcripts should be provided for audio-only content.

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Tables

The exception to the above would be the use of snippets since that content is not saved or published as a table.

First Name Last Name Available?
John Doe No
Jane Doe Yes

For better accessibility and usability tables should define columns with header titles.

Table headers can be denoted by highlighting the table row in the WYSIWYG, right-clicking on the row, selecting Row in the menu, selecting Row properties, and then selecting Header in the Row type drop-down.

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screenshot of right-click menu in the WYSISYG