The TWU website, by law, must accommodate those with disabilities.
It is TWU policy to make the following accommodations on our website (see the TWU Web Accessibility Policy for more information):
- Images should contain alt attributes with descriptions of each image that provide meaningful content to the user. This practice aids users who listen to the content of the site by using a screen reader. Images that are strictly ornamental, such as dots or bullets, which do not provide meaningful content to the user, should include null alt text (alt = ìî). Text transcripts should accompany audio clips that include speakers.
- Use color in such a way that colorblind users can use and understand the page content.
- When style sheets are used, pages should still be understandable and accessible when a user has turned off style sheets on his or her computer or does not have the capability of accessing style sheets. Text on all web pages should accommodate users who wish to adjust text size to increase readability.
- ìSkip toî links should be used to bypass common navigational elements on Web pages. This practice allows users with screen readers to skip directly to the page's content without listening to navigational elements on each page accessed.
- Tables that present data will be tagged so users with screen readers can understand the relationship between the rows and columns. Layout tables should not be tagged.
- Image maps should always be created as client-side and not server-side. An alternative, such as text links, will be provided for all image maps.
- TWU web pages should not depend on any animated elements, such as animated GIFs, Flash movies, etc., to convey essential content, unless that element can be made accessible in another way.
- Any text-only versions created of graphic web pages should be kept current with the graphical version.
- Forms should be designed and tagged for those using assistive technologies. This includes ensuring titles and descriptions of input fields are read by screen readers in a logical order clearly identifying the requested information for each field.
For more information on website accessibilty:
- Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities, including employees and members of the public.
- Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium
- What is Web Accessibility? by Trenton Moss on A List Apart