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Web Accessibility Initiative

Dartmouth is committed to making our web presence available to everyone. We aspire to the lofty goal of making our websites (those managed by Web Services) accessible to people with disabilities and across all devices types.

Adhere to Standards

When developing your own sites, you can help make the Dartmouth digital environment accessible by adhering to the standards we have adopted for web accessibility.

  • Web Services adheres to a universal standard of compliance for the development on our digital campus. 
  • The Worldwide Web Consortium and the U.S. Federal Government have established standards and guidelines that Dartmouth has adopted as part of the Web Accessibility Initiative.
  • Dartmouth is committed to having its web presence meet accessibility standards as outlined at the Rehabilitation Act Section 508 or WCAG 2.0 AA Standards.
  • All new work or major redesigns should aspire to and comply with these federal standards set for Electronic and Information Technology.
  • Resources are available to assist with captions for existing and future media.

Equal Access

Ensuring that all of our audiences access the same content means more than making sites technically accessible with separate content. As an example, YouTube videos, should provide an equivalent means of use for all via professional captioning. As part of the process of making digital Dartmouth accessible to everyone, some areas may need more improvement than others. If you notice you are struggling to access Dartmouth website content, please contact Web Support. We will investigate each problem where the resulting solution improves Dartmouth's web presence for all audiences.

Video Captioning

Starting in 2012, all videos under 15 minutes will be captioned. Videos over 15 minutes will be captioned on a case by case basis.

Videos before 2012 are being captioned on a case by case basis. If you see a video that should be captioned earlier, please contact Web Services.

Accessible content creation tips

  • Image Alt Text: When you add an image in our Content Management System you are prompted for this. Use contextual information that describes the content of the image.
  • Correctly labeling links: (When you link to something, make sure the link makes sense in it's own context. For example, instead of a link labeled "click here", have the link indicate where it is going, such as "Dartmouth Home Page."
  • Tables:
    • Only use tables for tabular data. (That is, data which belongs in a table)
    • Make sure you properly list header rows as headers. 
    • Make sure you select colspan or rowspan for the header rows. (colspan if the header is associated with the column, and rowspan for row). 

Web Services provides assistance and consultation to the Dartmouth community on how to achieve standards compliant websites. Please contact us.

Last Updated: 6/17/13