Web Accessibility

Web accessibility is the inclusive practice of removing barriers that prevent access to websites by people of diverse abilities. UT Dallas is committed to providing accessibility of its website.

The University must comply with the Texas Administrative Code 206.70 Accessibility standard; all web pages containing official University information that are built, updated or revised must comply with it. TAC 206.70 establishes only a minimum standard for accessibility; developers, designers and content editors at UT Dallas are encouraged to go beyond the minimum whenever possible.

University Web Services ensures the home and gateway pages meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA standards and promotes best practices in accessibility to UT Dallas web developers. Christy Glaze serves as the university’s web accessibility coordinator. She monitors the University’s compliance with state policy and trains web publishers and developers how to make web pages accessible. To contact the Web accessibility coordinator, send email to webdeveloper@utdallas.edu or call 972-883-4995.

What makes a webpage accessible?

A good foundation for understanding web accessibility is provided by the World Wide Web Consortium, which outlines four principles of accessibility in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. These principles are:

Some minimum guidelines for UTD webpages

Resources

Check the accessibility of your pages

University Web Services can provide web managers access to the tool Siteimprove, which tracks issues related to accessibility as well as SEO and quality. Email Christy Glaze to request access and training.

Resources for Web Accessibility

Resources for PDF and Word Document Accessibility