ADA Accessibility (Section 508, 504) Standards

  • The Basics

    • Website content should be based on simple text or HTML
    • Avoid the use of animation (animated gifs in particular), advanced technologies such as Flash, dynamic and popup/under menus, and excessive Javascript. 
    • Whenever possible, use the accessibility features in PDF files that make them accessible (add Tags)
    • Images and Animations: Use the alt attribute to describe the function of each visual. 
    • If images contain text, the text should be spelled out in alt text or long desc. Text should not be blurred for effect in images containing text.
    • Image maps: Do not use.
    • Multimedia: Provide captioning and transcripts of audio, and descriptions of video. 
    • Hypertext links: Use text that makes sense when read out of context. For example, avoid "Click here" and "Read more"
    • Page Organization: Use headings, lists, and consistent structure. 
    • Graphs and Charts: Summarize or use the longdesc attribute. 
    • Scripts, applets, & plug-ins: Provide alternative content in case active features are inaccessible or unsupported. 
    • Tables: Make line-by-line reading sensible. Summarize. 
    • See additional information here about accessibility/Web Standards