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Meeting Website Accessibility Guidelines with eChalk

 

eChalk’s website platform has tools to help you make your website more accessible for all website users. eChalk supports compliance with Website Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA standards.

What is WCAG?

WCAG 2.0 is a set of guidelines for web accessibility developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). They have laid out guidelines for accessibility in four critical domains:

 

Perceivable

Operable

Understandable

Robust

How does eChalk help me comply with WCAG 2.0?

eChalk’s website platform has built-in tools to help you meet website accessibility and ADA compliance guidelines. It is important to remember that most of the guidelines are about how content is created and presented rather than the website platform itself; the final responsibility for ensuring website compliance rests with the content creator. For example, eChalk allows for alt text on images, but content creators must remember to add the alt text when they add their images. If you consistently use eChalk’s accessibility tools, along with WCAG’s content creation guidelines, you will make your site much more accessible for users.

 

You can find more information about eChalk’s accessibility tools in our Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)[LS1] .

 

Quick Tips for Making Your eChalk Site More Accessible

  • Always use Alt Text. Every image you use should have alt text applied, preferably when you upload it, so you don't have to go back to add it later.
  • Keep Alt Text short and accurate. It should not be a caption; it is a short description of what is in the photo itself. (e.g. “student with butterfly” or “baseball trophy.”
  • Page titles matter. Page titles should clearly state where the user is. It is the first thing that users hear on a screen reader. So "Home Page" is not a great title; "Mrs. Clark's 5th Grade Home Page" is a much better title. 
  • Do not name links ambiguously. In other words, don’t use “click here” as your link. This is ambiguous and doesn't really let the user know where they are going. The link should describe where it is that it will take you.
  • Watch the use of text color. Don't use color alone to convey meaning. For example, don't change the color of text in an RTE block to indicate importance or some other meaning.
  • Caption videos. YouTube has automatic captioning that can be enabled for videos. If the caption isn't accurate, they allow you to edit it, so it better reflects your video’s contents. Use their captioning feature or, if you’re not using YouTube to host videos, create transcripts or captions using tools provided by your video host. 
  • Reduce the use of PDFs where possible, or make your PDFs accessible. Sometimes PDF's can be avoided by putting content into a regular web page format. However, for some materials (manuals, handbooks, etc.) you may need a PDF that can be easily downloaded or printed without losing formatting. Where a PDF is needed, you should ensure that the PDF is created to be accessible. This is now an option in Adobe Acrobat and in newer versions of Word when you save files as a PDF.
 

 

 

Questions? Contact your site administrator or eChalk Support at support@echalk.com.

 

 

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