Friday, June 05, 2015

AccessibleWeb@U May 28 Meeting Notes

Some quick notes on last week’s AccessibleWeb@U meeting

University of Washington Information Technology Accessibility Guidelines (
  • Signed on May 1 by Kelli Trosvig, VP of UW Information Technology and UW Chief Information Officer
  • They are guidelines, not policies
  • Affirms UW commitment to "in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities." This commitment includes access to information technology (IT) that the UW develops, procures, or uses, such as websites, software, hardware, and media.”
  • States that “The UW looks to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Level AA for guidance in meeting its IT accessibility commitments. WCAG 2.0 provides success criteria for measuring web accessibility.”
  • Points to the UW IT Accessibility Checklist  ( for specifics.
  • PDF version available at
IT Accessibility Checklist (
  • Organized by Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, Robust categories
  • Closely coordinated with the WCAG 2 level AA criteria
  • Demonstrated how the Checklist can be used to find guidance on specific questions, such as how to do a Skip to Content link
  • Also discussed the No Mouse campaign (

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