In our modern world of electronic delivery of information across many types of devices it is crucial to ensure that the content is accessible by everyone, including individuals with disabilities. This allows individuals with limited mobility, vision, or hearing to use software and assistive devices to read and navigate websites. However, the software and devices rely on the web content being structured (the underlying HTML markup) in such a way that it can read, and parse, it.
As per the CSU Accessibility Policy, all public-facing College of Liberal Arts websites (and the content within - including content from 3rd parties) must be accessible, and conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA level.
We make every attempt to ensure the web infrastructure that we provide is as accessible as possible, however a large portion of making websites accessible is found within the content, such as the copy, headings, links, images, videos, and attachments (PDFs, etc). For this portion, we rely on Site Managers to regularly check their content for accessibility problems (as new content is created or existing content is updated), fix any problems that are found, and report any problems that were unable to be fixed. To assist with this we have put together a list of Site Manager Resources, found below.
Site Manager Resources
Each time web content (a page, news, event, document, image, etc) is created, or updated, use this guide to ensure that the content is accessible.
Learn how to make headings that will build a proper page outline.
Learn how to make links more descriptive for all visitors.
Learn what alternative text is and how to use with each image.
Audio & Video
Learn about transcripts and captions.
Learn about color contrast requirements and using color to convey meaning.