Accessible web policies and guidelines on individual University of Wisconsin campuses (April 1, 2002)

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In the previous years, the policies, guidelines and standards pertaining to the design of official web pages varied widely among University of Wisconsin campuses. This is no longer the case. 10 of the 13 UW campuses are now committed to an accessible design of their web sites (categories 1-4 below). Also, efforts are afoot at the UW-La Crosse to formulate an accessible web policy. This leaves only two campuses--the UW-Parkside and the UW-Superior--without a readily discernible accessible web policy. (I'd be happy to stand corrected.)

Roughly, UW web accessibility policies can be categories as follows:

  1. Stand-alone accessible web design policies requiring compliance with the W3C Guidelines or the "Access Board" Standards (Sect. 508):
  2. General web design policy which includes a mandate for compliance with at least one of the following: W3C-WAI guidelines, Section 508 standards, or UW-System accessibility policy
  3. :
  4. Stand-alone accessible web design policy which mandates accessibility but does not require (but may recommend) compliance with any the following: W3C-WAI guidelines, Section 508 standards, or UW-System accessibility policy:
  5. General web design policy which includes a mandate for accessibility but does not require (but may recommend) compliance with any the following: W3C-WAI guidelines, Section 508 standards, or UW-System accessibility policy:
  6. Web-related policy which emphasizes readability by a broad range of browsers, including text-based Lynx, but does not reflect any cohesive concern for barrier-free accessibility and understanding of the ADA, Section 508 or the W3C-WAI guidelines:
    • none in this category this year
  7. Web-related policiy which calls for a few accessible design features (excluding broad-range browser readability) but does not reflect any cohesive concern for barrier-free accessibility and understanding of the ADA:
    • none in this category this year
  8. Web-related policy which contributes close to nothing to web-page accessibility:
  9. No web policy found:

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Created by Axel Schmetzke, Library, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Last updated 10/17/02 .
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