An Exploratory Analysis of WCAG 2.0 Conformance in Higher Education Websites
Christopher D. Coleman, Louisiana Tech University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, TX, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-27-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Ensuring accessibility online for disabled individuals is of great concern. Legally and ethically, institutions must ensure that resources are accessible to disabled individuals, and failing to provide accommodations raise serious legal liability issues. To promote accessibility, a number of accessibility guidelines have been developed, including the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Now in its second version, WCAG 2.0 has become the international standard for website accessibility as ISO/IEC 40500:2012. Despite the importance of complying with accessibility standards, it is not clear to what degree educational institutions conform to WCAG 2.0 standards. This research project performs an exploratory analysis of the websites of fifty American universities using the AChecker accessibility evaluation tool. The result of this analysis suggests that, though there are a number of universities working to minimize accessibility errors, accessibility is an area needing improvement.
Coleman, C.D. (2017). An Exploratory Analysis of WCAG 2.0 Conformance in Higher Education Websites. In P. Resta & S. Smith (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 389-393). Austin, TX, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 23, 2019 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/177312/.
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