Web Standards and Accessibility

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Introduction

Web Standards and Web Accessibility - What's it all about?

Educational institutions have been obliged by law (SENDA) since September 2002 to make their websites accessible to disabled users - yet how many of us are giving our websites sufficient consideration?

Why bother?

Apart from the legal aspect - no one wants to get sued - the moral argument for us as educators is compelling. Whilst a simple solution may be to take advantage of the loophole in SENDA i.e. to provide access in an alternative format, by doing so we are actually compounding the discrimination against the disabled as this could oblige them to make special arrangements. Further information on creating accessible websites can be found at: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fss/resources/access

What should we do?

If you follow the simple rules outlined on the "Essentials" page, your websites can be brought up to standard with very little effort.

What's in it for us?

If you take the time to learn how to write accessible pages now, you will be able to ensure that any future pages you create are compliant. Compliant pages not only benefit disabled users, but will also perform better in a wide range of non-standard and poor quality browsers, work on new technologies and provide you with a higher degree of "future-proofing" as new technologies and browsers are developed.

Disclaimer

The material presented on this website is for guidance and resource information purposes only. It is intended that the material be used to assist web authors with regards to appropriate and reasonable practice but should not be taken as a comprehensive or definitive guide. As such, neither the University, nor the individual author of this site, accepts legal responsibility for the information provided here.