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“There are only four types of disability that relate to web access: visual, hearing, motor, and cognitive. Many fixes for these groups are both simple and free.”

—Ian Hamilton, “A Simple Introduction to Web Accessibility,” Creative Bloq

UT has adopted the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), version 2.0. All new or redesigned websites launched after August 1, 2015, should meet the level A and level AA requirements set forth by the WCAG.

Websites launched before August 1, 2015, should be evaluated for WCAG compliance and brought into the university’s new web templates as soon as possible.

Update Your Campus Website Today

If you are currently using an older UT template (i.e., 2007 or 2012), it is your responsibility to update your website to the 2015 templates by June 1, 2016.

The university’s brand guidelines website features more detailed information on the templates, including downloads.

Visit brand.utk.edu

Example of a guideline from the first principle of WCAG 2.0 on making website content perceivable to users:

1.4.3 Contrast (Minimum): The visual presentation of text and images of text has a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1, except for the following: (Level AA)

  • Large Text: Large-scale text and images of large-scale text have a contrast ratio of at least 3:1;
  • Incidental: Text or images of text that are part of an inactive user interface component, that are pure decoration, that are not visible to anyone, or that are part of a picture that contains significant other visual content, have no contrast requirement.
  • Logotypes: Text that is part of a logo or brand name has no minimum contrast requirement.

 

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