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Web Accessibility Standards and Resources

In furtherance of its responsibility to provide equal access to its programs, services, and activities, Hampshire College strives to make all web content fully accessible in accordance with the World Wide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA.

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Tips for Content Authors

Simple Formatting, Semantic Markup, and Clarity

Use headings, short paragraphs, and bulleted lists to give structure to content on web pages. Aim for brief, clear paragraphs that are organized hierarchically.

Alt Text

Provide appropriate descriptive text for every image or graphic.

Avoid "Click Here" Links with Vague Names

Make your link text descriptive and unique, but brief. For example, use a phrase like "Read the report" rather than "Click here."

Color Contrast

Use colors with sufficient luminosity contrast, brightness difference, and color difference. Don't rely on color alone for emphasis.

Captions, Transcripts, and Audio Description

Provide captions and either a full transcript or a text description for all video files, and a transcript for audio files.

Request captioning for a video

Forms and Surveys

Use descriptive labels marking input elements and labels for input groups. If you're using Qualtrics, try the Check Survey Accessibility tool/feature.

Documents and PDFs

Non-HTML content (documents or pdf files) posted online should have text that is selectable and/or searchable by a computer. Use tools like PAVE to ensure the accessibility of these items.


Use tables only when necessary (when you genuinely need to present tabular data). Use header cells for the top row and left column. Be sure that textual information is displayed in a linear form across a whole line, typically on one line only. Word wrapping in tables creates problems for browsers and screen readers.

Tools for Evaluating Web Accessibility

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The IT Accessibility Working Group
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002