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Web Accessibility and Universal Design

Web Accessibility

With the immense resources of the internet of our finger tips and the ease with which we can contribute to the vast body of knowledge available to anyone who has an internet connection, we may forget that we rely rather heavily on text and images to get our messages across.

Universal design principles allow for an even larger number of participants to interact successfully with our web content.  If we design our pages to be accessible to visually impaired people through consistent and useful image descriptions, alt tags and careful use of text formatting, we will make it easier for everyone to understand what the important point of a particular image is that you put online or it allows everyone to move more effectively through a page if it is clearly structured through headings and sub headings.

Transcripts of video and audio files not only help people with hearing impairments but can also help those folks who read faster than they can listen.

Auburn University's Office of Accessibility provides a lot of useful resources to faculty and students.

For faculty, check out:  https://accessibility.auburn.edu/Faculty.  Note in particular the tips for Inclusive Learning and the links on How do I make my content accessible?

In addition, if you use Canvas a lot or have your personal web site that you maintain, consider adding the WebAim extension to your Chrome browser:  http://wave.webaim.org/extension/.  This browser add-on will check if your web pages are ADA compliant.

Content release date: Monday, February 29, 2016