Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires that disabled employees and members
of the public be provided access to information that is comparable to access available
to others. Institutions under the Board of Regents are required to ensure that electronic
and information technology is accessible to individuals with disabilities.
Basic Standards & Tips:
- Provide a text equivalent for every non-text item.
- Do not use videos as primary sources of information. Any time a video is used to present
information, that same information should also be available to the user in text format.
Videos must also include captioning.
- Webpages need to be able to be read with and without color.
- No flashing images, text, or pages.
- Use tables sparingly. Row and column headers shall be identified for data tables.
- Do not create images of words. This includes Word Art and picture of words. Words
saved as images are not editable or accessible to people with disabilities. A pdf file may be an option as long as text isn't flattened into the image.
Metadata Promotes Accessibility
File names help to optimize content for users who are searching for information via
search engines; as such utilize accurate and descriptive file names for webpages,
documents, and images.
Benefits of complete Metadata:
- Webpages are more accessible to users with disabilities
- Search engines can more easily find information and pages on the website
- Finding and editing webpages are easier for web editors
- Duplicate pages and information are less likely to be created
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