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Indiana University's web presence should be accessible and available to all, including users with disabilities. Therefore, when designing Indiana University web pages, web developers need to keep web accessibility constantly in mind. Developing accessible web pages increases usability for people with disabilities either directly or by supporting the use of assistive technology.

The Web Accessibility Subcommittee of the Indiana University Web Standards Committee in cooperation with the Office of Affirmative Action and the UITS Assistive Technology and Accessibility Center have developed an administrative practice document supported by web accessibility guidelines for Indiana University. This administrative practice document is maintained by the UITS Assistive Technology and Accessibility Center and the Web Accessibility Subcommittee of the Indiana University Web Standards Committee.

All Indiana University web pages should be designed according to high standards of accessibility. The administrative practice document and associated guidelines are tools that have been developed for use in achieving this goal. By using these tools and techniques, Indiana University web site should meet all of the relevant Section 508 requirements, all of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level A Success Criteria and most of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA Success Criteria.

Indiana University web developers have access to web accessibility experts through the University Information Technology Services (UITS) Assistive Technology and Accessibility Centers (ATAC). The ATAC is current with emerging web accessibility standards, development techniques (e.g. the WAI-ARIA Suite) and changing government regulations. With this expertise, the ATAC provides university-wide guidance and support for development of accessible web content that can be accessed using existing and emerging assistive technologies. This support helps make possible the development of web content that not only meets the Indiana University guidelines referenced in the administrative practice, but is also usable and functionally accessible.

IU Web Accessibility Committee
A subcommittee of the IU Web Standards Committee





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