What are Electronic Information Resources (EIR)?

    As defined in Title 1 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 213, electronic and information resources include “information technology and any equipment or interconnected system or subsystem of equipment that is used in the creation, conversion, duplication, or delivery of data or information.” The term includes but is not limited to “telecommunications products (such as telephones), information […]

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    Accessibility of Electronic Information Resources (EIR)

    According to the State of Texas Department of Information Resources, “Electronic and Information Resources (EIR) accessibility means providing electronic information and services through multiple ways so that communication is not contingent on a single sense or ability.” Creating, utilizing and procuring accessible EIR allows those with disabilities to access information that everyone else can. It’s the […]

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    Accessibility checklist for course designers and instructors

    Accessible electronic information is mandated by state and federal laws. Here’s a checklist for course designers and instructors to utilize in order to ensure that all instructional materials, including information provided for reference, is accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities. For questions, specific information and additional resources, contact eiraccessibility@tamhsc.edu. The course syllabus contains information […]

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    Image Settings in WordPress

    When you upload an image within WordPress, you’ll see a number of options to the right-hand side of the media uploader. They include: Title (auto-generated): Auto-generated from your file name Only utilized within the WordPress image repository Caption (to include within your post): Shown online as part of your post If Alt Text, below, is […]

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    Tips for Developing PDF Forms

    It is important that forms on our websites be usable and accessible. We’ve developed some simple guidelines to assist you with form building at the HSC. Best practices Develop a consistent heading for all forms that indicates the office of origin and contact information Utilize consistent fonts that are easy to read (see HSC Brand […]

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    Accessibility of Web Documents

    Texas Government Code 2054, Subchapter M, enacted in 2005, requires that all state agencies, including universities and institutions of higher education, provide state employees and members of the public access to and use of electronic information resources. State web accessibility standards, outlined in Texas Administrative Code Chapter 206, are in alignment with federal regulations as […]

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    Steps to PDF accessibility compliance

    Accessibility allows all users, regardless of abilities or disabilities, to access information provided by the HSC. When planning new web pages or sites, accessibility should always be considered. This is especially important when utilizing PDFs, which aren’t typically accessible to those with vision impairments unless specifically designed in that way. Questions to ask regarding PDFs […]

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    Alternate Text for Images

    Alternate Text (Alt Text) is text associated with an image that serves the same purpose and conveys the same essential information as an image within a website or document. As a state institution, we’re required by law to have Alt Text for all images on our websites and within documents available to faculty, staff, students […]

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    The importance of document headings

    A good heading structure is one of the most important accessibility considerations in Word documents. Headings provide context and a way to navigate through documents. They allow us to scan documents, either visually or with a screen reader, in order to find content we are searching for. How to create document headings Just by making […]

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    Advantages of online forms

    The current ease at which forms can be made electronically fillable make them ideal for our academic environment. If you are interested in making your PDF or paper forms electronic, please contact your webmaster. Some of the major advantages of electronic forms are: Ideal for meeting the accessibility standards of public institutions; ensures that everyone, […]

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