Guidelines for Higher Education Website Accessibility.

Gain a solid understanding of web accessibility legal requirements and why they matter with this resource, which is geared toward busy designers, information architects, developers, marketers, and writers in the higher-ed field.

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1. The Standards

All roads lead to WCAG 2.0.

Your website is accessible to multiple audiences if it meets the standards of WCAG 2.0, which consists of 12 guidelines organized under 4 principles: perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust.

2. Assemble a Team

Take the reins and delegate tasks wisely.

Achieving accessibility requires expertise in several areas. You need to assemble an Accessibility team — an "A-Team," if you will — as soon as possible. Find a representative from each group, and follow up on their work.

3. Pick a Tool

But don't trust it.

Accessibility tools simplify evaluating your website, but you can't just set it and forget it. You must also rely on code inspection and testing with a screen reader so you can see and hear your website through the eyes and ears of your users.

4. Test Early and Often

Mark your calendar now.

When scheduling the launch of any new content, factor accessibility testing in your workflow and schedule. To ensure that your site continues to meet WCAG 2.0 guidelines, plan to test your site on a regular basis.

5. The Usual Suspects

Prioritize these common issues.

Higher-ed sites feature many different types of content and functionality, but a few accessibility problems are universal. Luckily, these issues are also simple to fix. Here's how.

Conclusion.

By following these guidelines, you can weave accessibility into your entire design and development workflow, helping your users, reaching untapped user bases, and avoiding any potential lawsuits.