Introduction to Web Accessibility

Colleen Linn

During a Spiders monthly meeting in spring 2015, Spider Colleen Linn gave a presentation on the basics of web accessibility. For many Spiders, this presentation served as an introduction to the world of web accessibility and it outlined the best practices to follow. Linn is Spiders’ resident web accessibility consultant. Because web accessibility has become a very prominent issue facing users, she wanted to share her findings with her fellow Spiders and the OP team. Below is a brief outline of her presentation.

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What is web accessibility?
Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and that they can contribute to the Web.

Why is it important?
›It is essential that the Web be accessible in order to provide equal access and equal opportunity to people with disabilities. Furthermore, web accessibility standards broaden the audience that can be reached through the web.

Why does it matter to Syracuse University?
This topic is particularly important at Syracuse University, and all higher education institutions in general. This is because all colleges or universities are required to follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) and Section 508 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Syracuse University is working to follow these standards, as are many other institutions.