Web Accessibility Resources
Following are a list of resources
Table of Contents
Resources for Indiana University's Web Accessibility Guidelines
The proposed Indiana University guidelines were drawn from these resources as well as the best practices of other post secondary institutions.
W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
The WCAG sets the standards for web content to insure that it is accessible to people with disabilities. This set of guidelines is directed towards web content developers.
Section 508 Guidelines
Section 508 is a section of the Rehabilitation Act sets the standards for federal websites
E-books about Web Accessibility
Building Accessible Websites by Joe Clark
An excellent introduction to the issues of web accessibility written by accessibility guru Joe Clark. This book was originally published in 2002, so some of the information is outdated.
Understanding Web Accessibility
Shawn Lawton Henry's introduction to Web Accessibility issues and the different perspectives on how the issues should be approached.
Testing for Web Accessibility
Jim Thatcher's examination of different accessibility testing programs. This chapter also sheds light on when human testing is helpful and what accessibility tests CAN tell you about your website.
Creating Accessible Content
This PDF provided by Friends of Ed publishing is a great place to start if you want to create accessible content on your site.
Accessibility Resources for Content developers
Introducing Web Accessibility
The WAI's introduction to web accessibility and the issues related to creating an accessible site.
WebAIM is an organization dedicated to "expanding the web's potential for people with disabilities. This is a great site to for locating articles written by leaders in the field dealing with accessibility issues.
A list apart: accessibility
A list apart is an online magazine "for people who make websites." Not only can you view each issue separately, but you can also browse topic areas, including accessibility.
A step by step usability guide provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center
"Accessibility at IBM means enabling IT hardware, software and Web application products so they can be used by more people, either directly, or in combination with assistive technology products."
This nonprofit organization seeks to promote the use and availability of accessible technologies.
Application Specific Resources
Adobe Accessibility Resource Center
The Adobe Accessibility Resource Center provides information on how to make Adobe products more accessible for people using assistive technologies and of varied abilities.
Microsoft's guide to "Discover accessibility settings that are already on your PC, and make your computer more comfortable, and easier to see, hear, and use."
Accessible Course Material Resources
Creating accessible web pages is only part of the story. Many similar issues such as using headings for document structure, providing alternative text for images, and ensuring the correct reading order exist in the other electronic document formats too. Here is how to make materials such as Word documents, PowerPoint, PDF's, videos, etc. accessible too:
Creating Accessible Microsoft Word Documents
Making Your Word Documents Accessible from Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System
Covers making accessible Microsoft Word 2007 documents and how to convert the documents into HTML and PDFs.
WebAIM's Article on Creating Accessible Microsoft Word Documents
Outlines many things that can be done to make Microsoft Word documents more accessible. Covers Word 2000, 2003, and 2007.
Creating Accessible PowerPoint Documents
Creating Accessible PowerPoint 2003 Presentations
Microsoft's guide to creating accessible PowerPoint presentations (uses PowerPoint 2003).
Creating Accessible PDF's
From Word Documents
Adobe's Quick Reference for Creating Accessible PDF Files using Microsoft Word 2003/2007
A two page PDF file that outlines setting up Microsoft Word, correctly formatting the document, and using Adobe's PDF Maker to make an accessible PDF.
Advanced Accessible PDF Topics
What are "PDF tags" and why should I care?
A great article from the Adobe Acrobat User Community site explaining the role of PDF tags in making a PDF document work well with assistive technology devices (like screen readers) and mobile devices alike.
Using the Accessibility Checker in Acrobat 9 Professional
Another article from the Adobe Acrobat User Community site that gives further details on using the Accessibility Checker in Acrobat 9 Professional. The Accessibility Checker can quickly check a PDF for the presence of document structure tags, alternative text for images, correct security settings, etc.
Committee for Institutional Cooperation Institution Resources
University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana Accessibility Web site
The IT Accessibility Initiative team at the University of Illinois has announced the release of a comprehensive IT accessibility Web site to support the IT Accessibility efforts at the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana campus. This site is a compilation of accessibility resources and facts for faculty and staff when creating Web sites, course materials and online documents. Training tutorials, best practices, links to iCITA resources, tools for evaluation and requirements of the IITAA are all covered. The Web site is a complementary Web site to the iCITA Web site hosted by DRES at Illinois: http://www.cita.illinois.edu/
University of Minnesota Accessibility Web site
The University of Minnesota Computer Accommodations Program - a partnership of Disability Services and the Office of Information Technology - is pleased to announce the release of a new online accessibility resource, http://accessibility.umn.edu/.
Indiana University UITS User Experience Group
User Experience Group
The User Experience Group (UXG) assists technology teams in the design, development, and evaluation of computer systems and web sites. The UXG works with clients, both inside and outside IU, to help improve the overall usability of their products by applying a user-centered approach to system development. The UXG offers a variety of proven methods to help increase a system's efficiency, effectiveness, satisfaction, and ease of learning.