Web accessibility, simply put, means a blind person can “see” the website; a deaf person can “hear” it, so to speak. The blind use a screen reader to read web pages. If a webpage is structured properly and all graphics are provided with text descriptions, a blind person can “see” it. If sound is present and you provide captions, a deaf person can “hear” what you do. This seems simple; however many obstacles exist in the form of frames, pop-ups and streaming dialog that literally crash screen readers, and providing captions for audio on a webpage is not always possible. Complying with Section 508 by presenting a entirely accessible website is the Berkeley City College goal.
Web Accessibility Guidelines
Listed below are links to accessibility solutions for Web-based content. These are the guidelines used to build individual websites based on Section 508 (1194.22) standards and World Wide Web Consortium Guidelines.
There are many resources on web accessibility and how assistive computer technology enables users to interact with web content. The High Tech Center Training Unit in Cupertino is a great resource and has an entire webpage that offers many different options for building accessibility into your webpages.
The Berkeley City College website is a work in progress. Dr. Fabian Banga is the on-site point person for this website and he is working closely with our faculty and staff to ensure accessibility.
For more information, contact:
Roberto Gonzalez, Alternate Media Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org 510-981-2826