All Web content and electronic publications, to the extent feasible, should be made accessible to people with disabilities. If accessibility is not feasible, the information should be available by alternative means. University websites may be subject to the State of Oklahoma HB2197; Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act; and University non-discrimination policies. Web account holders are responsible for verifying that their pages meet all university requirements including accessibility guidelines.
Read More on the OU Public Affairs Site here.
Additional information on HB2197 can be found at:
Oklahoma ABLE Tech - Oklahoma HB2197
State of Oklahoma Information Technology Accessibility Standards
Check Your Site's Accessibility:
Below are easy to use tools available to help test the accessibility of your site.
WebAIM - Wave Accessibilty Tool
Just paste the url of your site in the "Enter a website address" field and click "WAVE this page!"
WebAIM also has a toolbar for Firefox.
This WebAIM Quick Reference Guide can help get you started with step by step advice on making your content accessible.
Make sure you are adding "alt" tags to all of your site images. If you are using the Radium3 CMS for your site, there is a field for adding this tag within the image uploader. See image below.
Any videos displaying on your site, whether stored on your site or embeded, will need to include captions.
Help with Captioning:
OU WebComm - Information on Captioning
Google/YouTube Support - Help with Captioning
Accessify.com Easy Caption Creator
Additional Information and Guidelines on Accessibility:
The University of Oklahoma Digital Accessibility Standards and Checkpoints
W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0
Content Definitions (From The University of Oklahoma Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) and Multimedia Accessibility Policy)
Content – Any digital material that may be distributed electronically. This includes but is not limited to HTML web pages; documents such as Microsoft Word, Excel or Adobe PDF; audio and video; and instructional material in any format. Information behind a log in screen may be exempt, depending on the targeted audience.
Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) Resource – Any resource delivered electronically to any audiences, (internal or external to the University), such as prospective students, visitors, public officials, other University personnel, and the general public.
New Content – EIT Resource that is created anew after the effective date of this policy.
Legacy Content – EIT Resource that exists prior to the effective date of this policy and is still in use.
Archived Content – EIT Resource created before the effective date of this policy that is kept solely for informational or statutory purposes.
Redesigned Content – EIT Resource that has its visual design and/or content materially changed after the effective date of this policy.
Public-facing Content – EIT Resource that is available to those outside the University community, including prospective students, visitors, public officials, and the general public.
Closed Audience – A small and known group that is the only intended recipient of Content.
Multimedia - The integration of multiple forms of media to present text, graphics, audio, video, animations, and interactive features through the use of electronic devices.
To ensure that University websites are designed with consideration for the different types of Internet connections available and user groups, Web developers are responsible for testing their websites for accessibility and usability. The Web Communications Office has a test station equipped with a screen reader that is available for departments to test accessibility. For questions about Web accessibility, please contact Web Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org or (405) 325-0058.
For questions, please contact the Disability Resource Centerat email@example.com, (405) 325-3852 (Voice) or (405) 325-4173 (TDD).