ADA Compliance / Web Accessibility Guidelines
ADA Compliance and Web Accessibility Guidelines cover aspects such as the look and feel of your page, the alt tags for your images, general usability, and more. Usable web sites are sites that work for anyone who visits your site. Confused?Imagine a visually impaired person on your site. Would your pages make sense if they were read to you without being able to see visual cues? Imagine a hearing impaired person watching a video - can they discern the information you are trying to portray?
Guidelines & Checklist
Below are two documents to help you make your site ADA compliant. The first document is a guidelines document produced by WKU's Office of Equal Opportunity to help make your site compliant. The second is a web accessibility checklist produced by W3C (the main international standards organization for the World Wide Web) that you should use to when creating and reviewing your site.
Why Should My Site be ADA Compliant?
Several reasons. First, it makes your site more accessible to everyone. Instead of having a site that some people can access, you are creating a site that everyone can access.
Second, an ADA compliant site is more search engine friendly. Search engine robots are not human and essentially access and read your site the same way a screen reader for a visually impaired person works. Making your site more search engine friendly means more visitors to your site.
Third, it's the law! If the first two reasons did not convince you, this third one should.
Compliance Standards and Audits
Every site will be periodically audited for compliance by The Office of Equal Opportunity. Your site will be checked against the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA.
You can also check your own page using the final check feature within OU Campus and selecting the Accessibility option.