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ADA Compliance 

Suggested Guidelines for Online Courses

Links

  • Do not use hyperlinks of the type "click here." Screen readers have an option to list and read all hyperlinks on a page. A list of twenty items all reading "click here" would not be instructive.

Text

  • Research shows that sans-serif fonts are more easily read on computer monitors than are serif fonts.

  • Black text on a white background is recommended.

  • Use only one font.

  • Limit use of all CAPS, italics or bold text.

  • Do not use underlining for emphasis (it can be mistaken for a link).

Graphics

  • All graphics should have alternative text (alt tags) for ADA Section 508 compliance. Screen readers are then able to read what the image is.

  • The text information in the alt tag associated with an image/graphic should, when possible, communicate the same information as its image/graphic.

Color

  • There should be a high contrast between the background color and the font color.

  • Avoid extremely bright colors as a background color, it makes text very hard to read.

Animation

  • Refrain from using animated or blinking images, text or cursors. These can cause seizures for some people.

Video and Audio

  • Provide close-captioning or have accompanying text-based scripts for all video.

  • Provide text versions of all audio files.


Accessibility Resources Online

  • http://www.cynthiasays.com/
    Web content accessibility validation solution, designed to identify errors in design related to Section 508 standards and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.  This service is a free accessibility validation tester.

Last updated: 08-15-2012