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Designing Accessible Websites

Web Accessibility Checklist

How do I make my web site accessible?

The UT Tyler template is designed for accessibility. When updating content, use the "Accessibility Check" tool under "Final Check" to assure your pages are accessible.

More Information:

1) Validate Your HTML and CSS 

Assistive technology relies on valid html, so make sure you start with clean html.

2) Design Your Site with Accessibility in Mind

As Dr. John Slatin always said, "Good design, is accessible design." Make sure as you begin your design process at least one person on your design team understands the principles and techniques of making a web site accessible. Consider accessibility and usability from the very beginning of your project. Designing for a defined audience and with known parameters leads to quality results. And while retro-fitting accessibility into a web site is always possible, it isn't the recommend course of action.

Consider all of the official categories of disability in your design

  • Cognitive Learning
  • Auditory
  • Visual (including blind, low vision, and color blind)
  • Motor/Physical
  • Speech

3) Use Accessibility Web Development Tools

UT Tyler uses the Content Management System, OU Campus. OU Campus has tools built into the system to test for Accessibility 

Rich Media

4) Test Your Site's Accessibility

  • Choose any of the following tools/techniques to test the accessibility of your site.
  • Within OU Campus, you can test for Accessibility when publishing your page.

Testing Tools - automatically check for 508 compliance, as much as possible. Help you know what manual checks need to be done.

Page by Page Free Testing Tools

Enterprise Wide Testing Tools ($)

Hands on Accessibility Testing

Assistive Technology - An important part of accessibility testing is attempting to use your own site with assistive technology. Download a demo version and see if you can navigate your website.

Need Help? Contact the UT Web Accessibility Coordinator, Robin Kelly.

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