Introduction to Web Accessibility


References to Resources Within the CSU

CSU campuses have provided a nice selection of supportive resources about the basics of web site accessibility.  These can be used to enhance your training efforts. 


The Basics

  • FAQ's on Web Accessibiity Provided by the ATI

    • Why is Web Accessibility Important?
    • What is the cost of developing accessibile websites?
    • How long does it take to create an accessible website?
    • Retrofitting an existing site.
    • Characteristics of an accessible web site.
    • Accessible design principles.
    • Do I have to "dumb down" my site in order to make it accessible?
    • And many more...
  • Law & Ethics Overview

    Jim Thatcher provides a course that covers Federal Laws as well as Ethics.

  • State Laws (.htm) & (.ppt, 2.9 MB)

    A presentation by CSU Channel Islands covers the state laws.  Created 2008.  Contact: Peter Mosinskis, IT Consultant, peter.mosinskis@csuci.edu.

  • CSU ATI Policy
  • Assistive Technologies Listed and Defined

Best Practices

Quick overview of the best practices for accessibility requirments and issues.

Last Updated: 11/07/08.  Contact: CSU Cal Poly, ITS - Service Desk.

Handouts

Handout for workshop on Web Accessibility.  Created: 2008.  Contact: Sacramento State, Academic Technology & Creative Services, (916) 278-6011.

Includes information on testing, java script, style sheets, images, validation, and general tips.  Created: 2008, CSU Fresno.  Contact: cleanuptheweb@listserv.csufresno.edu.

Handout to support professional development sessions on the common obstacles and solutions of making web sites accessible.  A section of evaluating your website is included as well as other resources.

Created by: Sac State, Academic Technology and Creative Services, 2008, (916) 278-6011.

Presentations

Created: May 2008.  Contact: Cal Poly, SLO, accessibility@calpoly.edu.

PowerPoint presentation on basic web design principles.  Created: 2008.  Contact: Cindy Compean, cynthia_compean@csumb.edu.

References to Resources Outside the CSU

For web content developers, page authors, site designers, etc.)

Gain an appreciation of web accessibility by understanding the user perspective. WebAIM, (435) 797-7024.

The place to start if you need to a comprehensive understanding web accessibility.

WebAIM provides information on using a screenreader to evaluate the accessibility of web content.  Created by: WebAIM, (435) 797-7024.

Primer on web accessibility published by WebAIM.

  • SOAP (Stanford Online Accessibility Program)

This is intended to be your one-stop location for Policies, Guidelines, White-papers and more covering the general topic of online accessibility.

WebAIM article on a "perceivable, operable, understsandable, and robust" website.

A WebAIM Tutorial.  Created by: WebAIM, (435) 797-7024.