In December 1999, a report or "white paper", drafted by the Committee on Access to Technology for Individuals with Disabilities, was approved by Katharine C. Lyall, UW System President . The sections most pertinent to accessible web design are cited below. Click here for the whole document.
"All segments of the university are increasingly using World Wide Web sites to disseminate and collect information. Accessibility involves page design that is navigable using adaptive technology. For example, graphics and links should be labeled with text that makes sense when read by a screen reader. Tools are available that assist in identifying accessibility problems on Web sites (see "Bobby" in Appendix B). Resources for designing accessible Web sites can be found on the State of Wisconsin's Technology web site (see Appendix B)."
- Web-based activities and online courses must be accessible to persons with disabilities.
- Captioning and transcripts should be provided for audio and video clips; and
- If instructors make use of Web-based material; plans and equipment must be in place to provide access to the required material for all persons enrolled in a course.
From: Report of the Committee on Access to Technology for Individuals with Disabilities (approved by Katharine C. Lyall, UW System President, December 1999)
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