What is Website Accessibility?

What does an “accessible website” mean?

Universal access to communication and information services is seen by many as an essential human right. Those who work with new media technologies must strive to create products that meet the needs of an increasingly diverse environment. Physical, technical, economic, and social factors must all be considered.

Universally accessible sites, for example:

  • provide alternate descriptions for non-text elements (pictures and graphics),
  • provide headers for columns and rows in tables that contain data,
  • use identifying language for links,
  • have high contrast between background and text,
  • comply with Section 508 Standards

Click here for WebAIM.org articles to help you create an accessible website.

Why is accessibility necessary?

Accessibility allows your information to be available to all users.

  • Can a user who is blind or visually impaired understand the content of your graphics, charts and tables?
  • Can a user who is deaf or hearing-impaired understand the audio on your website?
  • Is your website too cluttered with graphics, links, or flashing text for someone with a learning disability?
  • Can a user without state-of-the-art hardware access information from your site?

What does Westfield State University Require?

The University requires that all websites be accessible.

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