Accessible Digital Documents and Web Design Guidelines
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Digital Accessibility Guide
The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) maintains standards for verifying elements called the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, or WCAG 2.1 (updated June 2018).
Accessibility for teams
Accessibility is a team effort. Everyone has a role to play. This Google guide describes a few key items that each team member can use to quickly ramp up on the subject and improve the overall experience of their site or app.
UNC branding and visual identity
UNC updated its guidelines in 2017 for web applications to include accessible colors and recommendations for logos.
Keyboard accessibility is sometimes overlooked since it is not something that automated checkers can catch. Learn about ways to improve the keyboard accessibility of your website.
Captions and transcripts
If your website includes embedded video, always include a transcript on the page so that the content is easily accessible to screen readers. All videos require captions with spoken dialogue as well as audio descriptions.
Accessible digital documents
Accessible web development resources
- Accessibility Fundamentals great starting point from W3C
- Web Fundamentals: Accessibility from Google
- WordPress Accessibility
- Web Accessibility Checklist from the A11y Project
- 3Play Media Resources collection on a variety of aspects
- Using VoiceOver to Evaluate Web Accessibility from WebAIM
Training and tutorials
- Web Accessibility Tutorials from W3C
- Professional Web Accessibility Auditing Made Easy free ebook; also offered as Canvas MOOC from Ryerson University
- Web Accessibility: Developing With Empathy from Google on Udacity
- Accessibility Training and Tutorials from Lynda.com; playlist for beginner, intermediate and advanced
- Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Accessibility edX MOOC from Georgia Tech
- Siteimprove Academy free and paid online courses
- IT Accessibility Badging Program from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; for both technical and non-technical users