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Web Accessibility

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As technology advances, it’s easy to forget that it is necessary to ensure that our digital content looks and feels inclusive and accessible for all.  At our university, this means making accessibility a priority inside and outside of the classroom. Digital accessibility ensures that a broad population of students, faculty and staff can access, benefit from, and contribute to our university.

The MU Office of Digital Access and the World Wide Web Consortium’s Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) serve as great resources for reviewing the standards in place and understanding why web accessibility is important.  In order to be in compliance, all online content is required to follow four main guidelines.

It needs to be:

  • Perceivable:
    • Content can be used through the browser or through assistive technologies.
  • Operable:
    • Users can interact with all controls and interactive elements using either the mouse, keyboard, or an assistive device.
  • Understandable:
    • Content needs to be clear; limiting confusion and ambiguity.
  • Robust:
    • A wide range of technologies can be used to access the content, including old and new user agents and assistive technologies.

Quick Reads on Accessibility

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