All websites within the Cal State LA web environment must be accessible. This includes sites hosted on the University's Drupal web platform (www.calstatela.edu), on the University's web server (web.calstatela.edu), or those hosted or developed by third-parties; the accessibility of the content within that site is the responsibility of the Cal State LA site owner and administrator.
The Drupal web platform includes a variety of accessibility features to make it easier to create accessible websites. However, the content that web authors add to a site might not be accessible; this includes images, links, tables, forms, etc. While creating or editing web content, follow the accessibility guidelines and best practices included on the Web Accessibility Guidelines page. Before publishing a page, validate the accessibility of the content using the automated and manual testing tools included on the Web Accessibility Testing page to ensure your content remains accessible.
For websites that are hosted on the University's web server or by a third-party, it is critical to integrate accessibility throughout the design, content creation, and development phases of each web-based project's lifecycle, as well as to consider accessibility when maintaining or updating websites. Make sure to follow the accessibility guidelines and best practices included on the Web Accessibility Guidelines page and validate the accessibility of site content using the tools included on the Web Accessibility Testing page.
Below are additional resources to help you create accessible web content.
Creating Accessible Content
Cal State LA websites conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA standards. This website provides resources for web designers, developers, and content creators to help them produce materials that meet these standards.
- Introduction to Web Accessibility (WAI)
- Web Accessibility Tutorials (WAI)
- Tips on Writing for Web Accessibility (WAI)
- Tips on Designing for Web Accessibility (WAI)
- Tips on Developing for Web Accessibility (WAI)
- Web Accessibility for Designers (WebAIM)
- HTML Accessibility (WebAIM)
- Accessibility Training Courses (Cryptzone) - You need to register for a Cryptzone account to access the video training portal.
The ITS Training Program offers several workshops and online courses on web accessibility. All web authors who are responsible for creating or maintaining a Cal State LA website should attend these workshops or complete these online courses to learn how to make accessible websites (online courses coming soon).