WHAT ARE THEY? Accessibility refers to a person with a disability’s ability to see the content/participate in the course Usability is the general ability for someone to move through your course with relative ease, not being confused, etc.
WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT? Accessibility Legal Ethical Usability Learning Cognitive overload Motivation
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO MAKE MY SITE ACCESSIBLE?
TEXT FORMATTING Text has strong contrast against page background (i.e. dark text on light background). Page headings use heading tags(h1, h2, h3) instead of bolding regular text. Hyperlinks clearly identified and labeled (i.e. links describe where they are going instead of saying “click here”).
SOLVING THE “CLICK HERE” PROBLEM… Best example: Please review theMSU Professional Writing website. Fair example: Click here to view the MSU Professional Writing website. Worst example: Click here to view the MSU Professional Writing website.
IMAGES All images contain an Alternate "Alt" tag. Graphs, charts, vital visual images are clearly described in text body or with the use of Long Description Tag.
VIDEO/FLASH Videos and embedded Flash objects are clearly described in page text. Video contains closed captions (CC) or a script of the narration. If either of the above is not possible, other equal but accessible alternative listed (page in book, other resources)
DOCUMENTS PDF Files are used when original format is not an option (i.e. use original files where applicable). All PDF files of text are either scanned or converted form original source so text is able to be copied (i.e. text is OCR scanned). Files contain a high contrast of text. MS Word Files use the proper heading tags rather than regular text that has been bolded.
WHERE CAN I GET INFO AT MSU http://webaccess.msu.edu/ RCPD – Resources Center for Persons with Disabilities (http://rcpd.msu.edu/) CAL Academic Technology (Scott) vuDAT – Check with your producer if you were assigned one
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