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Accessibility Statement: Putting our money where our mouth is!

By Brian Egan on March 25, 2010 11:06 AM | Permalink
We're getting the new CML site all in place, making it easier to use, and of course, fantastically accessible!

Because we're working hard on making the site more accessible in a number of ways, from improving the code to running our site through rigorous testing, I'd like to let our patrons know that we're serious about accessibility, and also give our patrons a document they can look at to make sure we're living up to the standards we set for ourselves.

I think the best way to do that would be with a simple, public statement on our website that declares exactly what our goals are for the accessibility of our site. 

I'm thinking of something like the following, which is from the University of Buffalo Library Website (they do a ton of things really well):

We are committed to the ideal of universal Web accessibility and strive to provide an accessible Web presence that enables all university constituents full access to information provided on this site. Every effort has been made to create the pages within this Web site as accessible as possible in accordance with the applicable state and federal guidelines. We also strive to build Web sites that successfully pass W3C Markup Validation as XHTML 1.0 Transitional and CSS that successfully pass W3C CSS Validation as CSS level 2.1.

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I like how short and concise the statement is, while providing all the necessary info. This is something I would like to incorporate into our style guide as well.

Cory has agreed to take the initiative of reopening the style guide for revision, and Michael and I are working hard to get the site up and running. Therefore we need one or two volunteers to write this statement. After writing it, we could all sit down as a group and make sure that we're happy with the language, and decide to whom the policy should go to from that point (I imagine WMC will want to have some say in the matter, and possibly even Directs).

The end of the semester is coming up, but if you are brave in spirit and have a bit of time to whip up a statement, please volunteer in the comments below!

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