Western University prides itself on being an inclusive environment both offline and online. Western is committed to ensuring all its websites are Accessibility for Ontarians wwith Disabilities Act (AODA) compliant. The following documentation details how to create and maintain AODA-compliant websites. For more information about Accessibility at Western, visit Accessibility.
An explanation of AODA and how it applies to your Western web site Learn about the basics of web accessibility, including why it is important, how to implement it, and the principles of accessible design. Discover valuable tips for web accessibility beginners grouped by three categories: designing for web accessibility, writing for web accessibility, and developing for web accessibility. As a publicly funded educational institute, Western University is legally required to adhere to AODA laws regarding web accessibility. This link takes you to the Ontario Government's page where they explain what creating these accessible websites entail and how to accomplish accessibility throughout your website. When creating accessible PDFs, it is important to think beyond tagged PDFs. This link will show you how to create an accessible PDF both in the program itself and in external programs which will then be converted to the PDF format. Learn how to provide appropriate text for an image. Alternative text provides a textual alternative to non-text content on web pages. The provided text must present the content and the function of the images in your web content. Discover how to appropriately structure a web page by properly using headings, lists, and other structural elements, all of which provide meaning and structure to your web page. Discover how to create accessible tables whether it for layout purposes or to present tabular data. Discover how to create an accessible form by ensuring that every form element has a label element and that users can submit the form and recover from any errors such as the failure to fill in all the required fields. Learn how to create and ensure that hyperlinks make sense out of context. Many screen readers will only read the linked text so phrases such as "Click here" or "More" should be avoided. Learn how to create accessible Microsoft Word documents which involves using headings properly for navigational structure, providing alternative text for images, properly organizing tabular data, creating independent hyperlinks, and ordering lists and columns correctly. All of these accessibility standards can be checked by using the accessibility checker that is built into Word. A guide to creating an accessible PowerPoint presentation, specifically how to create alternative text for images and how to properly hyperlink. In addition, it teaches you how to maintain that accessibility if you are converting the presentation into another document type (such as PDFs) and how to check your presentation's accessibility through the built in accessibility checker. Note: this link only applies to Windows users. A guide to creating an accessible PowerPoint presentation, specifically how to create alternative text for images and how to properly hyperlink. In addition, it teaches you how to maintain that accessibility if you are converting the presentation into another document type (such as PDFs) and how to check your presentation's accessibility through the built in accessibility checker. Note: this link only applies to Mac users. Learn how to create captions and transcripts for videos or live audio. These must accompany any video or audio posted on your webpage. This website allows you to input the URL of the page you are trying to make accessible and points out any errors you might still have as well as explaining why those are considered errors. Download a Chrome extension that, when enabled, points out what accessibility errors exist on your webpages and why those errors are considered errors. It is free for anyone with Google Chrome installed. Learn about common design mistakes by reading this table of common user complaints, organized by a specific disability, in order to provide further perspective on what exactly better accessibility does for others and what errors may be lingering in your own site. Links to resources with additional useful information about web accessibility.
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