Accessible web policies and guidelines on individual University of Wisconsin campuses (October 17, 2002)

This page shows the situation in 2005. It is meant to be an archival page; it has, by intention, not been updated. Click here for the more current (2008) version.


In previous years, the policies, guidelines and standards pertaining to the design of official and instructional web pages varied widely among University of Wisconsin campuses. This is no longer the case. In addition to the UW Extension, 11 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 one campus-- the UW-Superior--without a readily discernible (web-published) comprehensive accessible web policy (or a plan to develop such). (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:
    • currently none in this category
  7. Web-related policy 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:
    • currently none in this category
  8. Web-related policy which contributes close to nothing to web-page accessibility:
  9. No web policy found:
    • currently none in this category

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Created by Axel Schmetzke, Library, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Last updated 04/12/08 .
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