Web Accessibility Standards

Texas A&M-Commerce web standards support the principle of "Universal Design" which promotes a high degree of usability for people with visual, hearing, physical, language and cognitive disabilities. Standards are in accordance with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in their Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), and the standards the government has adopted for federal websites as Section 508.

These four general standards are from the W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0), Level AA.

  • P =Perceivable
  • O = Operable
  • U = Understandable
  • R = Robust

Perceivable

  • Provide text alternatives for non-text content
  • Provide captions and alternatives for audio and video content
  • Make content adaptable; and make it available to assistive technologies
  • Use sufficient contrast to make things easy to see and hear

Operable

  • Make all functionality keyboard accessible
  • Give users enough time to read and use content
  • Do not use content that causes seizures
  • Help users navigate and find content

Understandable

  • Make text readable and understandable
  • Make content appear and operate in predictable ways
  • Help users avoid and correct mistakes

Robust

  • Maximize compatibility with current and future technologies