According to the Department of Information Resources, “Electronic Information Resource [or EIR] accessibility means providing electronic information and services in a variety of ways that does not depend on a single sense or ability.” This includes all information on external and internal TAMHSC websites. When planning new web pages or sites, accessibility should always be considered.
- Concise content is critical and headings should be utilized to break up content within webpages and documents.
- Alternate text is a required attribute for all images.
- Word, PowerPoint and PDF documents included within our sites need to be accessible. For more information, see Accessibility of Microsoft Word Documents, Accessible PowerPoint Presentations, or Accessibility and PDF Files.
- Linking properly is important. Do not utilize “Click Here” or the full URL as link text; instead, use meaningful phrases that tell the site visitor where they are going.
- Video captioning is required for all videos on the site in order to be in compliance.
- Don’t use tables for design purposes. If tables are used to present data, add appropriate headings and tags for logical ordering of data. For help with tables, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Specific guidelines for web accessibility are found in WebAim’s WCAG 2.0 Checklist. (Note A and AA level conformance.)