In a large part, it means providing a site whereby purely visual elements can be represented as text, which then can be processed by screen-reader technology and read to the visually impaired.
It also means constructing navigations system that are simply structured, anticipating how a disabled person may use our site, and anticipating the type of assistive technologies they may use — moving down, across and through busy Web site pages.
While much of the standards provided — primarily from the globally-connected World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) — remain wide open to various interpretations and solutions, compliance can mean the difference between opening the doors wider to governmental service delivery versus slamming the doors closed to some of our citizens.
This is why you’ll find the OU Police Web site:
- Is provided in text-heavy formats
- Has strict standards are in place related to design and layout
- Is constructed so that all graphics are specifically labeled