10 Things You Can Do To Ensure Your Site Is Accessible
With so much to learn about web accessibility, where is the best place to begin? The following resources are good starting points to learn how to ensure your page is accessible.
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- Content Editors course powerpoint (PDF)
Powerpoint from Sac State's accessibility course for content editors. Learn more about this class at ATCS.
- Screencasts about working with text, navigation, tables, and images
Professional development from the CSU Chancellor's Office
- Accessible Technology Initiative @ Sac State
Sac State's guide to the CSU Chancellor's Office initiative to make all information technology accessible to everyone.
- CSU Accessibile Technology Iniative, Web Priority
- Using and choosing color
Color is a big deal in web design. But persons with vision disabilities may not be able to perceive it.
- Designers/Developers course powerpoint (PDF)
Presentation from the Sac State accessibility course fore designers and developers
- WCAG 2.0
Section 508 is old, WCAG 2.0 is new. Learn more about the new standards, and how you can use them to enhance your site's accessibility.
- Webinar - Designed-in Accessibility
CSU Chancellor's Office webinar about separating content, presentation, and behavior (and why it's awesome)
- Get JAWS
Sac State has a site license for JAWS, a leading screen reader. Use it for testing your site (or to experience the web as a blind person might).
- Get NVDA
NVDA is a new free browser for Windows. If you're not at Sac State, this is for you.
- Screen reader survey from WebAIM
Perhaps the most complete survey of screenreader users out there. A great starting point if you need to know which of several techniques people prefer.
CommonLook is a plugin for Adobe Acrobat Pro (windows) to help users remediate their PDF files. Sac State employees can obtain a copy through their ITC.
- ATI Resources for PDF
- Captioning tool from WebAIM
A free flash tool for captioning flash video files (.flv)
- Sac State Captioning Services
Request captions for your video using this form.
- Automatic Sync, Inc.
Automatic Sync is a third party vendor that will take your video and give you any format captions file you like. The CSU has a deal to provide this service at a reduced cost.
- Sac State Checklist
The standard against which all Sac State websites are evaluated, complete with instructions on how to check each checkpoint. (subject to change, last updated 6/2009)
- CSU Chancellor's Office Checklist
Advisory checklist based on Section 508
- WAVE (toolbar)
Free evalutation tool that analyzes your page and puts graphics where it finds accessibility errors, warnings, and features. Great tool for getting a quicklook at a page.
- Firefox Web Developer Toolbar
- Web Accessibility Toolbar (IE)
Toolbar for IE6+ that enables easy disabling of scripting and changing of text size (plus a lot of other neat stuff)
- Colour Contrast Analyser
Desktop app (win/mac) for determining whether a background/foreground color combination has sufficient contrast.
- Firefox Accessibility Extension
Firefox extension that runs a report that pops up as a dialog. Focused on functionality, not federal standards.
- Jim Thatcher's Favelets
Bookmarklets for listing and inspecting tags on a page that might have accessibility barriers. Great for assisting with manual checks.
- 456 Berea Street
- Adobe Accessibility (blog)
- Jim Thatcher's personal site
- Glenda Watson Hyatt's personal site
- Juicy Studio
- The Paciello Group (blog)
- Web Standards Project
- Opera Web Standards Curriculum
- ATI Professional Development Website
Tons of resources and links around the CSU system, as well as helpful guidesfrom the web