Web Accessibility Guidelines

This guide includes information and resources on Web Accessibility.

About the W3C & Web Accessibility

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is the primary international organization responsible for developing and establishing international standards for the Web. In 2008, the Consortium implemented the Web Accessibility Initiative, a set of strategies, standards, and resources designed to make the Web accessible to people with disabilities. Below are links to some of the key components of the initiative.

Wikipedia on Web Accessibility Guidelines


Accessibility Solutions

  • Developer software like Dreamweaver and Frontpage includes features that build accessibility into the design process. 
  • Level Access - Consultant that works with corporations, government agencies, and educational institutions in order to develop and implement digital accessibility solutions.
  • WebAIM - Another accessibility consultant.

Web Tools

  • Accessibility Checker - Free web tool that scans websites, identifies accessibility issues, and provides instructions on how to fix them.
  • Web Accessibility - Level Access' free web accessibility tool.

Dozens more accessibility evaluation tools are available on the W3C site.

Implementing Web Accessibility Guidelines in Higher Education

Recent Studies

Diaz, F. A. (2020). Web Content Management System and accessibility awareness: A comparative study of novice users and accessibility outcomes

Gartland, S., Flynn, P., Carneiro, M. A., Holloway, G., de Sousa Fialho, J., Cullen, J.,  Hamilton, E., Harris, A., Cullen, C. (2022). The state of web accessibility for people with cognitive disabilities: A rapid evidence assessment. Behavioral Sciences, 12(2), 26.

McLaughlin, M., & Hoops, J. (2021). Web accessibility in the institutional repository: Crafting user-centered submission policies. The Serials Librarian, 80(1-4), 40-45.

Sophia, A. (2021). Web accessibility of the top research-intensive universities in the UK. Sage Open, 11(4)