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ADA Compliant Libguides


Universal Web Accessibility: Not Just a Good Idea-It's the Law

As a public University we have a mandate to serve all of the people of the state of Massachusetts. This includes a wide array of learning styles. People who see, hear, and move in ways which differ from the majority are included in this legal mandate.

Assistive devices navigate through what many take for granted- the internet. We have a responsibility to ensure that these devices can navigate the web pages we generate. In the case of Libguides this job is made easier by the thorough and responsive job which Springshare does in designing the html behind the pages we create. However, universal accessibility is still in our hands.

Simple Steps

There a few simple habits to develop when making libguides. Here are a few:

  • include alt text with all visual images
  • embed video so that captions are available
  • ensure PDF's have Optical Character Recognition (OCR) 
  • ensure sufficient contrast when using color
  • avoid using color to convey meaning, (as in certain graphs and charts).