The University's website requirements include current accessibility standards. An accessible website provides equal or equivalent access to its content for everyone, including those who have varying technical access, language skills and physical abilities. Accessibility can be considered a subset of Web usability.
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires that people with disabilities — including people with visual, hearing or physical impairments and people with photosensitive epilepsy — are given access that is comparable to access available to others. In 1998, Congress amended the act to make electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. 1
To that end, we recommend all sites at Princeton achieve compliance with at least WCAG 2.0 level A standards.
Checklists and guides
- A List Apart: What is Web Accessibility?
- Web Content Accessibility Group 2.0 Level A Standards
- Web Accessibility in Mind summary checklist of WCAG 2.0
- ADA Section 508 Compliance resources and the ADA Developing Accessible Websites guide (.doc)
- University of Wisconsin: Designing More Usable Web Sites
1 Designing with Web Standards (Jeffrey Zeldman, 2007) and www.section508.gov