St. Ambrose University has a commitment to keeping its website accessible to all, including the blind or otherwise physically impaired. Beyond this commitment, the federal government requires that institutions and organizations that accept grant money maintain accessible websites.
The website design contains features and formatting geared toward accessibility and the use of coding practices that allow a variety of web devices to read and understand the content on our pages. Content contributors should not have to worry too much about accessibility, as the page templates within the CMS are designed to automatically format added content in ways that remain accessible.
Some notes follow regarding areas of special importance.
All pages on St. Ambrose University's website should meet Priority 1 accessibility recommendations as dictated by the WC3. Priority 2 and 3 are highly recommended.
Read the complete checklist of priorities.
Some areas that content contributors must pay attention to:
St. Ambrose University's website is written in XHTML 1.0. The templates within the CMS validate against both HTML and CSS Web standards, with a few minor exceptions.
Content contributors should be able to use the WYSIWYG editor to do the majority of their formatting. The WYSIWYG editor will help generate valid code.
If editing of the HTML is necessary, ensure that all tags are closed appropriately.Examples:
This is a paragraph. It must open with tag and close with a tag.
If you want to force a line break,
you can add a tag where you want to break
but make sure you use an ending tag!
Basic HTML and CSS