Office of Web Technologies & Content Coordination

Accessibility Guidelines

What is website accessibility?

Accessibility is the ability of a website to be accessible regardless of what mode the visitors are using to access the website and of disabilities.  This includes blind users, screen readers, text browsers, and non javascript enabled browsers. Jon Gunderson, through the Illinois Center for Information Technology Accessibility, provides an extensive site for HTML best practices.

Why accessibility matters - even for non-disabled users

Most accessability comes down to good usability; it tends to encourage good webpage design and good flow/organization.  Making a web site accessible is not limited to designing a screen reader friendly web site, although that should be an important part of it. Please keep in mind that people may visit your site with all kinds of different accessing devices and disabilities. For example, lack of a video device in a local computer can lead to website inaccessibility. Not being able to serve your users with the information they need is a handicap that must be avoided. Making the website accessible not only addresses the needs of users with disabilities but also caters to user preferences and situations.

State Guidelines

Effective as of August 20, 2007, the State drafted a law which focuses on making web sites, systems, and information technologies accessible to people with disabilities. Use the navigation below for background information surrounding the Library's push for our content management system's design.

State Links

Campus guidelines