Web Accessibility Guidelines for UIS Websites

The following are some important guidelines to help UIS website Editors and Authors maintain accessibility for their web pages.

1) Use heading styles in semantic structure

Heading styles are given to create sections and subsections on your web page.

  • Headings can be used throughout your page and should be properly nested (e.g. Heading 2, then Heading 3, then Heading 4, etc.). The title of the page is by default Heading 1.

2) Every image MUST have an Alt attribute

  • All images should have an Alt attribute. For example, when you insert an image into your web page, remember to add a brief description of the image in the Alt Text field in the block settings in the right sidebar menu.

3) Link text should match the page title it is pointing to

  • Avoid using vague titles like 'Click Here', 'Learn More', and 'Download' which do not tell the user where they will be directed to.
  • Avoid repeating links text if possible since screen readers navigate pages using links and headings.
  • Using the same text for links on the same page that point to different locations on the web will result in an accessibility error. Create your link text to be unique for different URLs.

Web Accessibility Evaluation

“The Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE) 2.0 analyzes web pages for requirements defined by the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level A and AA Success Criteria.”

“The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop web standards. W3C’s mission is to lead the web to its full potential.”