In response to the need to ensure equal access to electronic and information technologies, the Ohio State University College of Engineering has developed a set of standards for Web page design. The College is committed to providing an accessible web presence that enables the public full access to its information and services. Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the Web. Web accessibility encompasses all disabilities that affect access to the Web, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological. Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and that they can contribute to the Web. Web accessibility also benefits others, including older people with changing abilities due to aging.
Understanding that public institutions have a responsibility to provide service to all citizens, the College of Engineering will make reasonable efforts to accommodate all users by following the W3C recommendations and 508 guidelines. This policy describes these accessibility standards and may be updated periodically.
- Straightforward Design
- Our website uses simple information architecture, organized navigation and reliable headings throughout. OSU has adopted a navigational toolbar used on many University websites to provide consistency to the user and an easy way to navigate back to the OSU home page regardless of location. Further, Collge of Engineering websites share similar masthead and navigational organization.
- Images With Alternative Text
- This text provides further detail for an image or destination of a hyperlinked image. It is commonly called an ALT tag, and they are accessible to screen readers, and visible when the mouse is placed over the image. They also provide a description of graphics for people who have images turned off in their browser.
- Relative Font Sizing
- Websites are designed to conform to the font size selected by the user. While a default size is specified, the page will adjust to settings made in the user's browser and retain its layout.
- The main navigation, located just below the banner in the page header, uses lists. Lists make it easier for screen readers to literally read down the list without having to sort through unnecessary code.
- Style Sheets
- Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) centralize the style information for the website where possible. Using CSS allows for greater flexibility when a style change is needed to accommodate a specific disability. It also keeps the code clean and is faster to download.
- The design uses an adaptive layout, built to optimize viewing for the vast majority of visitors. The layout will accommodate many screen resolutions and mobile devices.
- Videos are provided using an HTML5 player allowing media to be viewed on a wide range of devices.
- Scripts and AJAX
- Alternative methods for searching or alternative content are provided in case active features are inaccessible or unsupported by a users browser.
- Accessibility Validation
- Our design work is checked using tools, checklists, and guidelines at http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG.
The College of Engineering strives to make our websites as accessible as possible to all visitors. However, Internet technologies and the needs of our users are constantly changing. If you feel that the accessibility of our sites could be improved, or would like to request the information in an alternate format, please contact our web team.