The web presence of The University of Mississippi is often the primary public face representing our campus, culture, and attitudes so it is important that everyone is able to access the information they need when they visit us. Keeping a few basic principles in mind while we create content and experiences will help ensure that we do not exclude anyone from the information our sites provide – and you will also find that these methods actually provide a better user experience for everyone.
Website Accessibility Principles
These principles serve as a checklist for web authors when preparing to present their content online. Creating accessible content for websites doesn’t require extensive technical knowledge.
- Headers are used to create logical read order and not for styling text.
- Tables are properly used to present tabular data and contain accurate text-based descriptions.
- Content is presented as a webpage whenever possible, posted documents are in an accessible format.
- Hyperlinks are provided using appropriate and accurate descriptive text.
- Images have minimal to no text on them and include appropriate and accurate text-based descriptions using alt text of on the website alongside the image.
- Posted videos and other digital media are captioned to 99% accuracy.
- Third-party information and content posted on UM websites are accessible.
- Web forms are provided using an accessible forms tool and fillable PDF forms are checked for accessibility prior to posting.
- Highly customized websites or websites used as part of a UM-developed program or system are built and checked for accessibility, and any issues remediated prior to publication.
- Websites and webpages are accessible when published and sites/pages will be regularly audited to assure overall accessibility.
- Submit a request for an accessibility review
- The University of Mississippi Accessible Technology Services Policy
- Web Accessibility Trainings
Resources for Designers and Developers
- WebAIM’s WCAG Checklist
- Constructing a POUR Website
- How to Meet WCAG (Quick Reference)
- Authoring Tool Accessibility