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Free Download: Web Accessibility Checklist

Submitted by on February 13, 2013 – 10:41 pmNo Comment

Check ListWhether your course includes one web assignment or is a full-blown online journey, you’re developing and managing online content for your students, who may have disabilities like “…blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity, and combinations of these.” And just like your instructional material, your online content should be understandable–and accessible–by your diverse students. Your online content should include the basic web accessibility features.

WCAG to the Web Accessibility Rescue

As the web and technologies consistently evolve, so does web accessibility. Luckily for us, the awesome folks at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which

…defines how to make Web content more accessible to people with disabilities. Accessibility involves a wide range of disabilities, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, language, learning, and neurological disabilities. Although these guidelines cover a wide range of issues, they are not able to address the needs of people with all types, degrees, and combinations of disability. These guidelines also make Web content more usable by older individuals with changing abilities due to aging and often improve usability for users in general.

Download the Web Accessibility Checklist

Educause developed this handy checklist to help you evaluate whether your course (and web resources) are accessible. Below each checkpoint, we’ve provided links to the WCAG web pages that further explain the criteria for meeting each accessibility standard. Download the Web Accessibility Checklist here. ☐  Can the application be used with only the keyboard?

☐  Do images have appropriate text descriptions?

☐  Do pages have a consistent look-and-feel?

☐  Does text have enough color contrast?

☐  Do pages includes headings and landmarks?

☐ Do form controls and widgets have labels?

  • Click here for some text alternative requirements + related requirements + stories of web users + diversity of web users and web use.
  • Click here for some input assistance info.

☐  When styling and layout is removed, is the document understandable?

☐  Does audio content have transcripts?

☐  Do videos have captions?

Additional Resources for Web Accessibility

  • The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) is drafting a helpful and informative resource How People with Disabilities Use the Web, which includes sections Stories of Web Users, Diversity of Web Users, Diversity in Web Use, and Accessibility Principles. Despite its draft status, this valuable resource supports faculty and instructional designers in understanding how people with disabilities use the Web, the barriers these users encounter on the Web, and the principles for creating accessible Web sites, apps, tools, and more.
  • If you’re familiar with the web accessibility guidelines, you might benefit from this comparison (in numerical order) between WCAG 1.0 checkpoints and the current WCAG 2.0 (published in December 2008).

Share Your Experiences with Us

Tell us how you’ve developed your content to be accessible. What methods have you used? What tools or references do you find most helpful when creating accessible content? Please add your comments in the section below.

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