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Web Accessibility
APS Web Team: aps.edu/web-team/accessibility
January 2017
What is Accessibility?
• Website accessibility, a.k.a. Universal Design, aims to
make content available to as many users a...
Why is accessibility important?
• Website Accessibility is federally required.
• APS must be in compliance with Section 50...
Where do I get help?
• Nearly every institution has a web accessibility or
universal design expert.
• At APS, contact the ...
Who is affected?
Inaccessible web content affects 20% of our users:
• Older and younger generations
• Smaller screens
• Sl...
Assistive Technology
There are many accessible software & hardware
solutions for users:
• Screen readers
• Voice recogniti...
Benefits of Accessibility
Everyone benefits when content is accessible:
• Federally required
• Socially responsible
• Incr...
Content Guidelines
• Use headings appropriately – do not skip heading levels
(users with screen readers use headings to na...
Text
• Color is high contrast and is not only means used to
communicate information.
• Avoid all capitalized text.
• Stand...
Images & Alternative Text (alt text)
• All images need Alt Text, except for decorative images.
• Alt text provides context...
Media
• Audio files should have a text transcript.
• Video files should be closed captioned.
• Caption in YouTube, downloa...
Links
• Link text should be meaningful. Avoid text like “click here” or
“read more”.
Example:
The Albuquerque Public Schoo...
Links continued
• Link text should be unique and descriptive.
• Links should open in same window.
• Identify file types: “...
Files
• Files should be accessible. Both Adobe Acrobat and
Microsoft Office have accessibility checkers.
• Accessible PDF’...
Tables
Accessible tables have:
• Table Caption.
• Table Header Row.
• No empty or merged cells.
• Used only for data, not ...
Thank you
• Thank you for helping us make APS websites and
documents compliant to federal accessibility standards.
• If yo...
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Web Accessibility

  1. 1. Web Accessibility APS Web Team: aps.edu/web-team/accessibility January 2017
  2. 2. What is Accessibility? • Website accessibility, a.k.a. Universal Design, aims to make content available to as many users as possible, including users with disabilities, older technology, slower networks, and users of different age groups. • This includes: simplifying content, maintaining structure with headings and lists, adding alt text, using high contrast colors, ensuring all content is readable and coherent.
  3. 3. Why is accessibility important? • Website Accessibility is federally required. • APS must be in compliance with Section 508 of the Workforce Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. • APS websites and content uploaded on the websites (including documents) must be accessible.
  4. 4. Where do I get help? • Nearly every institution has a web accessibility or universal design expert. • At APS, contact the Web Team for help at any time: www.aps.edu/web-team/accessibility • We have your back on this!
  5. 5. Who is affected? Inaccessible web content affects 20% of our users: • Older and younger generations • Smaller screens • Slow connections & computers • Old technology • Low literacy • ESL • Disabled
  6. 6. Assistive Technology There are many accessible software & hardware solutions for users: • Screen readers • Voice recognition software • Captioning software • Switches and pointer sticks • Keyboard navigation • Font magnification
  7. 7. Benefits of Accessibility Everyone benefits when content is accessible: • Federally required • Socially responsible • Increase web users • Readable on variety of devices • Search engine optimization (SEO)
  8. 8. Content Guidelines • Use headings appropriately – do not skip heading levels (users with screen readers use headings to navigate). • Headings and labels are descriptive and unique. • Bullet and numbered lists are used appropriately. • Content is concise, and easy to read. • Avoid jargon, acronyms unless audience is familiar.
  9. 9. Text • Color is high contrast and is not only means used to communicate information. • Avoid all capitalized text. • Standard, readable fonts are used. • Use large font sizes.
  10. 10. Images & Alternative Text (alt text) • All images need Alt Text, except for decorative images. • Alt text provides context and meaning of image. • Images of text should be avoided.
  11. 11. Media • Audio files should have a text transcript. • Video files should be closed captioned. • Caption in YouTube, download the caption file (.srt) to add to Facebook & Vimeo.
  12. 12. Links • Link text should be meaningful. Avoid text like “click here” or “read more”. Example: The Albuquerque Public Schools Foundation was established in 1995. Learn More... The Albuquerque Public Schools Foundation was established in 1995. • Meaningful links are scan-able and used for navigation.
  13. 13. Links continued • Link text should be unique and descriptive. • Links should open in same window. • Identify file types: “file (pdf)”. • Don’t use URL as link: “Google” is better than “Google.com”. • Use email address as link: “mary@aps.edu”.
  14. 14. Files • Files should be accessible. Both Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office have accessibility checkers. • Accessible PDF’s have: headings, image alt text, tags, recognizable text, established language. • Accessible Word, PowerPoint, & Excel docs have: headings, image alt text, high contrast colors, table header rows, meaningful links.
  15. 15. Tables Accessible tables have: • Table Caption. • Table Header Row. • No empty or merged cells. • Used only for data, not layout.
  16. 16. Thank you • Thank you for helping us make APS websites and documents compliant to federal accessibility standards. • If you need help, please reach out to the Web Team: www.aps.edu/web-team/get-help

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