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Making university websites accessible offers more than just the peace of mind that goes with meeting legal and university policy requirements. it's also just smart Web communications. If you make your website more accessible to users with disabilities, it will be more accessible to everyone. It will work better on tablets, phones and other devices, and it will have a better chance of being ready for the the next curveball that changing technology throws our way.

What does accessibility mean for the Web?

Making your site accessible means that you take extra time to ensure that your Web pages are structured and built in such a way that disabled users can experience your content without barriers. Techniques include using descriptive "alt" tags for images, providing alternate ways of experiencing multimedia elements, using tables properly, labeling form fields properly and much more.

Accessibility and Oregon State templates

Using the Oregon State standard templates (also called themes) in Wordpress and Drupal helps you keep your site accessible. There is still work you need to do when adding content to make sure your site is compliant, but the official themes are built to be accessible by default, and are continually updated to meet changing guidelines and university policies.

If you want to learn more, you can read an entire presentation on Web accessibility, and a free course is also often offered on campus in the Drupal Boot Camp sessions and Drupal training series.

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