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Five Steps to an Accessible Classroom Website

By Linda Amundson

Betsy Barnes, Joshua Bhattacharya, Anthony Juda,

Beth Lueck, Gabriela Rezzonico, & Morgan Sturm


Step 1 organize
Step 1: Organize

  • Use headers to identify new sections

  • Use similar design on all pages

  • Avoid large designs to prevent horizontal scrolling

  • Avoid red and green font to accommidate the color-blind

    (Amundson 2009)


Step 2 navigation without a mouse
Step 2: Navigation without a mouse

  • Set up the website to use the tab key instead of a mouse for navigation

  • Avoid using drop down menus

  • Include an access key for each link in the webpage

    (Amundson 2009)


Step 3 text explanations for images
Step 3: Text Explanations for Images

  • Provide text for ALL items

  • Keep it simple and informative

  • Use “alt” tag or “longdesc” tag

  • Too much text? Add a new page!(Amundson, 2009)


Step 4 using text that makes sense
Step 4: Using Text that Makes Sense

  • Use descriptive Hyperlink text

  • Avoid generic “click here” links

  • Include hidden titles to your links

    (Amundson, 2009)


Step 5 web validators
Step 5: Web Validators

  • Web validators evaluate the website and decides how accessible the website is

  • The validator writes a report explaining any accessibility problems the website might have

    (Amundson, 2009)


Step 6 test it
Step 6: Test it!

  • Test the site yourself to see if it’s accessible


References

References

Amundson, L. (2009). Five steps to an

accessible classroom website.

Learning & Leading with Technology,

37(3), 16-19.


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