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The goal of this checklist is to help achieve the success criteria of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 at Level AA. WCAG 2.0 is the standard for web accessibility developed by the World Wide Consortium (W3C).

This checklist is provided to assist the College community, including web designers, developers, content creators, and purchasing agents, in creating and procuring accessible IT. Vendors and contractors can use it to document their level of accessibility when providing products and services to the College.

PERCEIVABLE:

  1. Do images have alternative text?
  2. Does video have captions and does audio have transcript?
  3. Does the web page or document include headings, lists, ARIA landmarks and other semantic elements to communicate document structure?
  4. Is the tab order and read order logical and intuitive?
  5. Do form fields within web pages and documents have appropriately coded labels and prompts?
  6. Have you avoided using visual characteristics to communicate information (e.g. “click the circle on the right” or “required fields are in red”)
  7. Does the interface have sufficient contrast between text color and background color?
  8. Does the content scale well when text is enlarged up to 200 percent?

OPERABLE:

  1. Can all menus, links buttons and other controls be operated by keyboard to make them accessible to users who are unable to use a mouse?
  2. Does the web page include a visible focus indicator so all users, especially those using a keyboard, can easily track their current position?
  3. Do features that scroll or update automatically (e.g. carousels) have prominent accessible controls that allow users to pause or advance these features on their own?
  4. Have you avoided using content that flashes or flickers?
  5. Does the web page or document have a title that describes its topic or purpose?
  6. Do pages that have time limits include mechanisms for adjusting those limits for users who need more time?
  7. Does the website include two or more ways of finding content, such as a navigation menu, search feature, or site map?
  8. Is link text meaningful and independent of context?

UNDERSTANDABLE:

  1. Have you avoided links, controls or form fields that automatically trigger a change in context?
  2. Does the website include consistent navigation?
  3. Has the language of the web page or document been defined?
  4. Do online forms provide helpful, accessible error and verification messages?

ROBUST:

  1. Do rich, dynamic web interfaces such as modal windows, drop-down menus, slideshows and carousels include ARIA markup?
  2. Is the web page coded using valid HTML?

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