Best Practices

Guidelines for Accessibility in Electronic Content

According to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), anyone accessing electronic content needs to have content created that follows the four principles of accessibility:

  • Perceivable - Information can't be invisible to all senses.
  • Operable - The interface cannot require interaction that a user cannot perform.
  • Understandable - The content or operation cannot be beyond a user’s understanding.
  • Robust - As technologies and user agents evolve, the content should remain accessible.
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Kimber Andrews: Assistant Director
Center for Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

"Accessibility is an important piece of creating inclusive classrooms. By proactively designing materials, activities, and assessments that address the wide variety of students in our classrooms, we foster an environment where all students are empowered to succeed."

Included on this page are guides to incorporate accessibility principles into your electronic materials. (Adapted from HHS Section 508 Accessibility checklists and U.S. Department of Justice Software Accessibility Checklist.)

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