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Please help us congratulate these departments for having the 5 highest site accessibility scores in Siteimprove:

  • DED – OSHA Safety Conference.com 100
  • DED – OSHA Safety Conference.org 100
  • Microsystem Research 100
  • Social Work – Social Connections Conference 99.17
  • Dining – DineOnCampus.com 98.33

These sites earned the top accessibility scores for the quarter ending May 31, 2021. We recognize these departments for ensuring that their websites meet the A and AA WCAG criteria for web accessibility.

All employees have access to Siteimprove. Please contact accessibility@uta.edu for more information.

June 10, 2021

If you post on social media accounts for your department, division or the university as a whole, have you ensured that the post is accessible to people with disabilities? Learn more about accessibility on social media by visiting accessibility.uta.edu/how-to/social-media or contact us at accessibility@uta.edu.

December 23, 2020

Please help us congratulate these departments:

  • OIT ServiceNow Self Service 99.4;
  • Environmental Health and Safety MavSafe 99.4;
  • COLA – Music – All State Choir 99.2;
  • COLA – Music – Texas Conducting Workshop 99.0;
  • COE – Systems Engineering Research Center 98.8

These sites earned the top accessibility scores for the quarter ending August 2020. We want to recognize these departments for ensuring that they are meeting the A/AA Criteria from WCAG for web accessibility.

All UTA employees have access to Siteimprove. Contact accessibility@uta.edu for more information regarding how to access reports for your webpage.

September 30, 2020

When planning a meeting or event, make plans to be accessible! The University of Georgia has published an excellent resource covering aspects from registrations to site selections. Please visit their article, Planning Accessible Meetings and Events, for a list of best practices.

September 29, 2020; Note, the link above stopped working. Here is an alternate document from the American Bar Association.

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh have published a Best Practices website for webpage accessibility. Their information on accessible forms is particularly good. Please click through to Carnegie Museum’s Innovation Studio for detailed information.

September 29, 2020

Please help us congratulate these departments!

  • CAPPA – Future Cities 100;
  • OIT ServiceNow Self Service 99.5;
  • Music – All State Choir 99.2;
  • Students.uta.edu 99.0;
  • Music – TexasConductingWorkshop 99.0

These sites are our top scores for the quarter ending May 2020. We want to recognize these departments for ensuring that they are meeting the A/AA Criteria from WCAG for web accessibility.

All UTA employees have access to Siteimprove. Contact accessibility@uta.edu for more information regarding how to access reports for your webpage.

July 10, 2020

With the end of the Qualtrics contract, some webmasters are wondering if they have surveys embedded or linked from their web site that will be broken next week. Siteimprove has a helpful report just for this scenario.

Below is the procedure for employees with access to Siteimprove

  1. Login to MyApps page. Click on the Siteimprove Tile.
  2. If your landing dashboard is the DCI Score Dashboard, click on the dashboard name and select the UTA Siteimprove Dashboard option. If you are already on the UTA Siteimprove Dashboard, proceed to step 3.
  3. From the UTA Siteimprove Dashboard, scroll down the page until you see the section named Qualtrics Links. All URLs with Qualtrics links will be listed.

If this is your first time to log into Siteimprove, this will create your account. In order to access reports for your website, send an email to accessibility@uta.edu to let them know which websites you monitor.

You will want to remove the links to Qualtrics or replace with QuestionPro links.

July 8, 2020

Perkins School for the Blind has published an excellent list, “9 Essential Tips for Working with People Who Are Blind“. The author states: “In today’s high-tech workforce, it’s becoming more and more common to work with people who are visually impaired. So following these simple do’s and don’ts is not just good business etiquette – it’s good business.”

In addition to being good for business, it is also in support of UTA’s Principles of Community that all of UTA strives to work well with each other across our populations of students, staff and faculty.

June 25, 2020

Today marks the ninth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). Visit the GAAD website for more information including:

  • an assessment of the current state of accessibility;
  • most common electronic accessibility failures on homepages;
  • an article addressing how populations are affected by inaccessibility;
  • a discussion of common disabilities/impairments; examples of how accessibility removes barriers;
  • and find ways that you can help.

May 21, 2020

Selecting the proper color palette is an important step in electronic communications. Color palettes must be considered in every use from Adobe Design files to Word files and everything in between. This includes emails, Excel files, Powerpoint files, surveys, registration requests and web pages.

Tableau has published an interesting article that addresses best practices when selecting your color palette in order to ensure that all users with colorblindness can fully perceive the communication.

Those of us at UTA have an additional requirement that our color palette should take into account the University’s color identity policy.

It is interesting that Tableau’s recommended color palette is very similar to the colors listed on UTA’s color identity page. Here are a couple of reminders:

  • When using orange, ensure that you are using the correct orange – RGB# R-245 G -128 B-38. Also, when using orange, it is best to use it against white. It will be very difficult to achieve sufficient color contrast when using orange against creme, light blue or grey.
  • All UTA employees have access to Siteimprove. You can use Siteimprove to test all of your webpages. Contact accessibility@uta.edu for more information.
  • When selecting font and background color, there is no “right color”. Your concern is to achieve enough color contrast between the font color, the background color, and the other font colors so that the user can perceive the content.
  • Never use color as a single identifier. For example, if you have a bar graph, each bar should not only have a different color applied but also a different pattern applied.
  • All hyperlinked text should be underlined to indicate that it is a link. Otherwise, you are using color as a single identifier.

While our primary focus here is electronic accessibility, please ensure that your printed materials also follow best practices when selecting your color palette and refrain from using color as a single identifier. If you need assistance, please contact accessibility@uta.edu.

April 20, 2020

UT Austin issued a news release that has pointers to the National Deaf Center based at UT Austin. This article, “New Online Resources Available for Deaf Student During COVID-19”, offers parents and faculty resources to help them make online learning accessible for hard of hearing and deaf students. We invite you to visit this website and review the resources that include:

  • 7 Tips for College Students to Take Control of Online Learning
  • Remember Accessibility in the Rush to Online Education: 10 Tips for Educators
  • 5 Tips for Disability Service Professionals to Provide Accessibility in Online Classes
  • Checklist for Teaching Deaf Students Online
  • And many more resources.

April 8, 2020

Please help us congratulate these departments!

  • CAPPA – Future Cities 100;
  • OIT ServiceNow Self Service 99.5;
  • Music – All State Choir 99.4;
  • Students.uta.edu 99.1

These sites are our top scores for the quarter ending February 2020. We want to recognize these departments for ensuring that they are meeting the A/AA Criteria from WCAG for web accessibility.

All UTA employees have access to Siteimprove. Contact accessibility@uta.edu for more information regarding how to access reports for your webpage.

March 23, 2020

In April 2019, UTA’s Web Standards Policy and Procedure were adopted. These two documents codified the rules that campus departments should follow when publishing content. Nearly a year later they still form the backbone of big improvements happening across campus. Rules about accessibility compliance are built into those standards. Users trained in Sitecore, Cascade, and WordPress are taught how to test their web sites for accessibly and make improvements.

IT-PO4 – Web Standards Policy

IT-PR4 – Web Standards Procedure

Even though many tools are use and there are many types of web site, web accessibility defines a set of guidelines that all content published on the web should follow.

March 19, 2020

Microsoft recently announced a new Live Captioning feature in Teams. You have to take a moment and marvel at this technology. The ability for the robots to listen to what is being said in realtime and turn it into a coherent stream of nearly grammatically correct text is quite an accomplishment. If you have not tried this out for yourself, I highly recommend turning it on. While in a Teams meeting, click on the ellipsis on the bar and choose “Turn on Live Captions”.

It’s not just for those with hearing impairment. Like most accessibility features, they can make things better for everyone. It is helpful for non-native speakers. It is helpful for people in noisy environments. It can be helpful when the conversation goes into technical jargon. And finally it can be helpful if you just need to temporary mute a teams chat but still keep up with it.

  • KB0011354 Transcription and Live Captions in Microsoft Teams

March 19, 2020