Accessibility Best Practices

For each guideline, there are testable success criteria, which are at three levels: A, AA, and AAA (UT uses level AA)

Website and Content Owners 

  • Determine your audience

    • If your website is used by all of the students at a university, an inaccessible website could put the university at risk for a lawsuit
  • 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 the project
  • Test your site frequently
    • Even if it is not a new site, test it!
  • 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
  • Identifying legacy content and sites

    The university is committed to providing accurate content on its websites, as well as providing access to historical content for informational purposes.

    Where applicable, historical content is designated with a header that says "Web Historical Disclaimer."

    Pages displaying historical statements are no longer maintained and may contain outdated information. Such pages may no longer reflect practice or policy. Historical pages:

    • May not display correctly in modern Web browsers.
    • May contain links to pages that no longer exist.
    • May have links removed that were in the original version.

    They do, however, represent information that was accurate when the page/site was created.

    Designating pages as historical is not required. Campus Web publishers need to maintain their content. If the content can no longer be properly maintained, it should be removed or designated as historical as indicated in these guidelines.

Web Developers