Web Accessibility Guidelines For Content Providers

Creating and maintaining an accessible web site requires collaboration between designers, developers, content providers, web architects and editors.

Accessible web content enables all users, regardless of any disability, to access web information. Providing usable, functional content leads to an inclusive environment for all audiences.

The following guidelines aim to assist web architects and editors to create and maintain accessible web content. They were created in conjunction with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities.

Assistive Technology Users

Some individuals with disabilities (and even some without) access web sites using assistive technologies. When web sites contain accessible content, individuals using assistive technologies can have equal access to the information.

Examples of audiences using assistive technologies include the following:

  • Individuals who are blind, visually impaired or color blind may use screen readers, which read web content out loud, magnification functionality to expand text size, or differing color scheme for usability.
  • Individuals with mobility impairments may use a specialized mouse, trackball or trackpad, keyboard-only or alternative pointing device to access web content.
  • Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may use transcripts, captions or on-screen interpreting to access web content.

How To Create Accessible Web Content For Web Architects and Editors