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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.

For Beginners

Learning More

  • 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)

Getting Technical

  • ARIA
    ARIA stands for Accessible Rich Internet Applications. If you're using Javascript to create a desktop-like experience (with dialog boxes, datagrids, or complex menus), this article will get you started.
  • 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
    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


Videos and Captioning

Testing for Accessibility

  • 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
    Basic toolbar for controlling Firefox features like turning on/off CSS, Javascript, and images.
  • 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.

Blogs and websites that deal with accessibility