Accessibility

Improving accessibility of the UW-Eau Claire website

UW-Eau Claire is committed to improving the accessibility of its website. As such, our sites include many features designed to improve access to our content for everyone.

Why is accessibility important?

Creating web content that's accessible to everyone, regardless of ability or disability, is the right thing to do. 

The UW-Eau Claire website conforms to the guidelines and criteria for WCAG 2.0 Level AA, and in many areas conforms to Level AAA criteria, exceeding generally-accepted standards for compliance with the following laws:

See an Example Website Accessibility Report.

Accessibility Features

Our site is built from the ground-up to be accessible, from the code behind the scenes to the design on the screen. These key accessibility features (and more!) are built into every page of our site:

  • Semantic headings and markup
  • "Skip to content" link
  • Alt text on images (and long descriptions where applicable)
  • Accessible forms with labels for every field and accessible validation
  • JavaScript that degrades gracefully, ensuring access to content even without JavaScript enabled
  • Contrast ratios tuned for readability
  • Colorblindness-friendly design
  • Keyboard-based navigation

Found in the footer of our web properties in the "Accessibility" section, the Increase Text Size button increases the text size of on our pages for enhanced readability. Toggling this option on/off will persist across your browsing session on a single device.

 

Found in the footer of our web properties in the "Accessibility" section, the High Contrast Mode button increases the contrast of on our pages for enhanced readability. Toggling this option on/off will persist across your browsing session on a single device.

 

Found in the footer of our web properties in the "Accessibility" section, the Dyslexia-friendly Font button changes the font on our pages for enhanced readability for users with dyslexia. The OpenDyslexic font features heavily-weighted bottoms to indicate direction and uniquely-shaped letters to prevent flipping/swapping. Toggling this option on/off will persist across your browsing session on a single device.

 

Our site is designed from the ground-up for users with screen readers, leveraging the following features to optimize the screen reader experience:

  • "Skip to content" link
  • Alternative text and long descriptions on images
  • Accessible AJAX
  • Keyboard accessibility
  • ARIA and other invisible features for users with screen readers

Questions?

Questions, concerns, and feedback relating to the accessibility of the UW-Eau Claire website should be directed to the University Web Coordinator: