Determine your audience
If it is used by all of the students at a university, an inaccessible website could put the university at risk for litigation. But regardless of how big or small your audience is, we should strive to make all our web pages accessible.
Start any new project with accessibility in mind
If you start your project by making accessibility a priority, it will make it easier in the long run to not have to test and fix larger problems.
Educate your team and designate time to test for accessibility
Make sure team members are aware of testing tools, and give them enough time to perform tests on your website.
Provide a way for users with disabilities to communicate any problems with your site
Keep lines of communication open, and make it easy for users to contact you.
Test your site frequently
Development Tips & Links to More Information
- Develop to current Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 to Level AA
- Develop to the current Section 508 accessibility standards
- Use HTML elements as they're intended to be used
- Ensure that all actions can be performed using just a keyboard
- Use plain language
- Use high color contrast (dark gray on white instead of light gray on white)