This page offers a variety of useful resources for learning more about website accessibility.
Anyone that has the ability to publish content in Gato is considered a website editor. Editors are required to attend Gato training to learn how to use system tools to create web content following current web accessibility best practices. For more information about the training, visit the Gato I: Fundamentals Training course in Canvas.
Texas State uses Pope tech to monitor website accessibility statistics. Pope Tech utilizes WAVE to create reports for our editors that help identify accessibility errors on your web pages. Training is available 24/7 via our free public course in Canvas.
Content outside of Gato
Are you a developer making tools or websites that are not hosted in Gato? Please visit out developer tools web page for more information about software that can help you make your content more accessible.
Self-paced support resources are available within this site via our accessibility user guides. These guides are designed to educate and help editors design and create accessible web content.
Standards and guidelines
One key in understanding accessibility tools is to understand the standards used to develop the tool. There are currently two standards and guidelines most commonly used — the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) and Section 508 of the United States Rehabilitation Act. Combined, these two sets of standards comprise the United States policy guidelines for achieving equal access to electronic information.
Department of Information Resources Accessibility Resources
The DIR (Department of Information Resources) for the State of Texas maintains a resource page that includes many resources for digital accessibility.
Canvas represents a huge step forward for Texas State students that require assistive technology to succeed in the classroom. Given the complexity of the tool, some training may be required to successfully use Canvas with assistive technology.
Instructure created a Canvas accessibility resource that helps explain how to use the learning management system using assistive technology.
Accessibility Computer Lab
Located on the second floor of Alkek Library, the accessibility computer lab provides two computers with adaptive technology installed on them. These technologies include:
- Dragon Naturally Speaking
- Braille Printer
- NVDA (User manuals are available for checkout)
For more information about the equipment on the second floor, contact: Eric Garza.
NVDA is available on all Alkek computers for use. Training manuals for NVDA with Word, Excel and Outlook are available for checkout. Please call 408-758-9546 and ask for Stephanie Larrison if you are interested in checking out these resources.
HathiTrust Digital Library
In the fall of 2018, Texas State University joined 150 other partners in the HathiTrust digital library. Special provisions allow for persons with verified disabilities to view in-copyright materials digitally without breaking the law. Read more about the HathiTrust Disability Program on the Alkek Library website.
Adaptive Technology Lab
There is an Adaptive Technology Computer Lab in the Academic Services Building South - Room 201. Technology in this room includes:
- Dragon Naturally Speaking
- Purple for Sign Language Interpreting
- Freedom Scientific Topaz
- Braille Printer
Please call 512-245-8073 for more information about the technology in this lab.
WebAIM – Web Accessibility In Mind
- The WebAIM website offers extensive self-paced learning resources aimed at educating editors about accessibility, including current techniques and issues.
University Marketing Department at Texas State
- The Texas State University Marketing department manages a resource section within their website dedicated to Web Guidelines, including accessibility relative to design.
- An up-to-date list of web accessibility tools can also be found on the W3C site at https://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/tools/.
Checking and Verifying Sites for Accessibility
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Checklist serves as an appendix to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. It lists all of the success criteria from WCAG 2.0 in a readable list with help dialogues.
Automated Accessibility Tools
The WAVE Web Accessibility tool checks page accessibility and displays errors in an easy to read format. The tool also includes educational links to the WCAG and Section 508 standards pages.
Markup validation helps you maintain modern HTML standards by scanning and reporting your markup errors.
The WebAIM Color Contrast Checker allows you to test the color contrast between foreground and background colors to ensure you have a strong enough contrast for individuals with visual disabilities, such as color blindness and low vision.
The Hemingway App allows you to score the readability of your copy while also giving you specific advice about what you could remove or add to your text to make the readability better.
No automated evaluation tool has the ability to tell you with 100% accuracy whether your website is accessible, or even compliant. Human testing is always necessary, because accessibility is about the human experience.