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Website Accessibility

Resources:

  • Web Accessibility at Berkeley: handout from the May 16 2006 General Webnet meeting.    Word    PDF
  • Dive into Accessibility: a free online book that explains why and how to make a website more accessible.
  • Designing More Usable Web Sites Detailed accessibility guidelines from the Trace Center, a pioneer in the field of technology and disability. (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Bobby WorldWide: a software program that can be purchased to help web page authors identify and repair significant barriers to access by individuals with disabilities. (Includes an online dialog to test one page at a time, to give potential buyers a preview.)
  • Diamond™ Demo Tools: Free Demo Versions from "508Compliant™. A suite of IE bookmarks which checks for alt tags, color-blindness compatibility, and turns off your style sheets to make certain the page is still readable.
  • World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)'s Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) pursues accessibility of the Web through technology, guidelines, tools, education and outreach, and research and development.
  • The Web Page Purifier (includes text-only test for your site).

Regulations:

  • Section 508: ADA Section 508 requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities. The Center for Information Technology Accommodation (CITA), in the U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA) Office of Governmentwide Policy, has been charged with the task of educating Federal employees and building the infrastructure necessary to support Section 508 implementation. Using this web site, Federal employees and the public can access resources for understanding and implementing the requirements of Section 508.
  • Accessibility section of the Interim e-Berkeley Policy.
    (All campus online activities should conform with this Policy during the review period. Requests for clarification in applying this Policy to specific situations may be directed to policy@uclink.berkeley.edu)
  • "Applying the ADA to the Internet: A Web Accessibility Standard" by Cynthia D. Waddell, JD, ADA Coordinator, City of San Jose, CA USA. Written and Presented on June 17, 1998 at the request of the American Bar Association for their National Conference "In Pursuit … A Blueprint for Disability Law and Policy"

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