We've collected links to official guidance, policies, evaluation tools and organisations related to web accessibility.
Official W3C guidance
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0
The W3C's official recommendations on making content accessible to people with a wide range of abilities and disabilities.
Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
The W3C group which produces guidelines widely regarded as the international standard for web accessibility.
WebAIM WCAG 2.0 Checklist for HTML documents
The language in the W3C's official specification can sometimes be difficult to interpret into practical things you need to do. WebAIM's checklist, though not official or comprehensive, makes it easier to implement WCAG recommendations by providing simpler instructions.
There are lots of different tools you can use to evaluate your web pages for accessibility. Some provide an audit, with a list of alerts and recommendations, while others focus on specific areas such as colour.
WAVE web accessibility evaluation tool
With this tool you enter a URL and see a list of alerts and recommendations. A good feature is how the alerts are overlaid on your web page as icons. Clicking the icons gives you more explanation of the specific accessibility feature. You can also get this tool as a Firefox Add-on.
Google Chrome Developer Tools
In Google Chrome, click F12 to view the Developer Tools and then choose the Audits tab. You can run an accessibility check on the current page by reloading the page. Chrome will report any alerts or errors.
A tool for checking foreground and background color combinations to determine if they provide sufficient contrast when viewed by someone with colour deficits.
List of web accessibility evaluation tools
A list of tools collected by the WAI.
Some organisations focused on improving access for people with a particular disability provide their own guidance on making websites accessible.
Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)
The RNIB's Web Access Centre is a very useful resource.
An advisory service related to inclusion technology in higher and further education.
University of Warwick
Accessibility and IT facilities
Our accessibility policy.
Based in Student Support Services, the Disability Services team can provide information on the University's disability policy and assistive technology in relation to students.
Equality and diversity – disability
Information from Human Resources on disability, covering both staff and students.
Example accessibility policies
It can be useful to see how other organisations approach accessibility policies or statements. They can be very different. Here are some examples:
- University of Cambridge
- University of Oxford
- GOV.UK – “The website doesn't have a separate accessibility statement. This is because we've tried to design GOV.UK to be as accessible and usable as possible for every user.”
- Harvard University Disability Services – Information Technology