Accessibility for Web Editors

Web accessibility is an important technique to ensure that our websites are usable by everyone in our audiences. This page describes some of the aspects of web accessibility that our site editors should focus on and how to correct pages that are not yet accessible.

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) provide instructions on how to make websites more accessible. These guideliens have three levels: A, AA, and AAA, with increasing standards of compliance. Our website must meet level A and should meet level AA. Meeting level AAA guidelines is not expected on our site, but can be done.

Common Issues

Many of the WCAG guidelines apply to content. We have assigned these items to Editors in SiteImprove (see below). Here is a list of these issues with links to guides and tips on how to resolve them. Below each guideline is a list of the flags in SiteImprove which apply to that guideline.

Text

  • 1.3.1 - Info and Relationships (Level A)

    • “Bold” tag used to format text
    • Heading is missing text
    • Local link destination does not exist
    • No headings on page
    • “s” or “strike” tags used to format text
    • “u” tag used to format text
  • 2.4.4 - Link Purpose (In Context) (Level A)

    • Do identical link texts link to the same destination?
    • Link text used for multiple different destinations
    • Link text is too generic in its current context

Tables

  • 1.3.1 - Info and Relationships (Level A)

    • Cell references non-existent table heading ID
    • Does the table have clearly defined headers?
    • Should the table have a description?

Images

Audio and Video

Tools

SiteImprove scans our sites each week and checks that we’re in compliance with several web accessibility guidelines. Watch the SiteImprove Accessibility Overview and Locating Issues with SiteImprove Accessibility videos to understand how to use this service.

We have tagged web accessibility issues that our editors can help resolve:

Additional Help

We have put together a Lynda.com playlist on Web Accessibility for Middlebury with about 50 minutes of video material covering accessibility principles for links, images, and tables. These are the most common issues that editors of our sites can help resolve.

It is likely that you will run into accessibility issues on our sites that you are not able to resolve with the editing tools you have. If you find one of these, please let us know by creating a Drupal Issue ticket in Web Helpdesk describing the problem. Please include a link to an example of a page where it occurs. It is not necessary to create a new ticket for every page, one for each type of issue is sufficient.