Web Accessibility: Overview

Carleton strives to be inclusive. Web accessibility is a key part of that effort.

Key points:

  • Web accessibility is “The degree to which a website is usable by as many people as possible” – Laura Kalbag, Web Accessibility for Everyone
  • We have a picture in our heads of "normal" use of the web. This includes full use of:
    • Monitor
    • Mouse or other pointer (including fingers)
    • Keyboard
    • Speakers
  • The reality is much more diverse.
    • Not everyone uses the web in the same way.
    • Visual, auditory, motor, or cognitive disabilities can all impact how people use the web.
    • Many people use tools that help them browse the web. Screen readers are one example.
  • Web accessibility is a legal responsibility. There are several laws that require it.
    • Many schools have been investigated or sued for accessibility problems.
  • It is also an ethical responsibility.
    • Our mission leads us to ensure our sites are accessible.
  • Web Services & Disability Services are working on this. We are working on:
    • Web templates
    • Interactive elements (menus, slideshows, etc.)
    • Forms
    • Reason's administrative interface
  • There are 5 key things Carleton's web content maintainers should do:
    1. Provide good image descriptions.
    2. Use descriptive link text.
    3. Use headings.
    4. Write & edit text so it is easy to read.
    5. Add captions to videos.