Web Accessibility Demystified

Web Accessibility demystified

It’s the buzz on campus this spring – Web Accessibility.  A little confusing, a little daunting and a little mysterious – but once you get to know it better, you’ll find it to be friendly, welcoming, inclusive and really not all that hard to implement.

An Accessible Web site or application (like MyPUC) is one where any and all users can get the information they need and want, regardless of any challenges they may face.

We’re currently evaluating every Web page, downloadable document and online application to make sure that each one meets the guidelines of the Web Accessibility Policy established by Purdue West Lafayette.  By March, we are required to have 50% of those pages in compliance with the rules.

Creating accessible sites does require that we think a little more about how we structure our Web content and about what our potential visitors might need to make them feel welcome – such as  video captions and audio transcripts for those who can’t hear and text descriptions of images for those who can’t see.

The bonus is that what makes a Web site accessible to people with challenges also makes it easier to use for those without.

For more information, please contact Pam Riesmeyer in University Relations at 219-989-2731  riesmeyerp@purduecal.edu .