Central Connecticut State University

Web Accessibility Guidelines


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The state of Connecticut has created a set of guidelines that everyone has to follow who is affiliated with the Central Connecticut State University website. We strongly recommend that web authors design web pages that meet the following accessibility standards.

  1. Provide alternate text for all images and image maps in your document. The syntax for including alternate text is shown in this example: <img src="image.gif" alt="This is an image with alternate text."> The alternate text is displayed when the mouse pointer moves over the image.  Web authors have to provide a full description of the image, such as "a group of students reading in the student center."

    How to Give Images Alt Text Tags Using Front Page


  2. Blinking or animated links are not permitted.

  3. In the HTML code of all web pages (top of the page) Doc type declaration has to have 4.01 transitional.  Example: <!doctype HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd">
    <html lang="en">

  4. PDF documents must be made accessible or they should not be used at all.  Generally, we prefer that all  PDF documents be converted to a regular web page.

  5. Eliminate abbreviations as much as possible. Use full descriptions/names.

  6. Make tables as simple as possible. Make clear and easy to understand column headings.  Example:   column heading "Date" is not appropriate.  A better description would be "Starting Date."  Or use the column heading "Student Name" instead of using just "Name."

  7. Be consistent with navigational aids and have them located in the same location on each page.  Also, clearly label the buttons:

      rather then

  8. Page layout and headings must be consistent.  Please refer to our header and footer page to view the header and footer we are asking you to use. 

  9. Be sure that the text and background colors provide sufficient contrast. (white background, navy blue or black text)  Consider that color-blind readers may have difficulty distinguishing text and background colors.  Colored or patterned backgrounds are not recommended.

  10. Lastly, please make sure your homepage includes the following components.



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