Web Accessibility Guidelines


Radford University is committed to providing comparable access to all programs and services to people with disabilities. This includes access to electronic information and services. All official Radford University websites must meet Radford University's web accessibility standards. These standards are based on the Web Accessibility Standards specified in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. If this is not possible, reasonable accommodations must be made to provide these services or materials in an alternative format in a timely manner to ensure compliance with federal laws.

Web Accessibility Standards

These standards are based on the Web Accessibility Standards outlined in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

  1. An alternate text description must be provided for any graphics, videos, animations, and other non-text elements on a web page. If a graphic is purely for decoration, the alt text field should be left “null”.
  2. Audio and video for instructional purposes must be captioned or transcribed for the hearing-impaired.
  3. Color contrast should be adequate, and color should not the only thing used to convey important information (for instance, required fields in a form cannot simply be marked in red; there would have to be an asterisk or some other type of indicator).
  4. Websites must remain readable with CSS stylesheets disabled.
  5. All functions of the page must be accessed using the keyboard alone.
  6. For data tables, properly markup row and column headers, and make sure data cells and header cells are properly associated.
  7. Form elements should make use of the label tag to properly associate the label and element.
  8. If you have lengthy navigation lists, provide a link that allows the user to skip over them.
  9. Image maps must be keyboard accessible and provide alternative text for each active region.
  10. Frames should be given titles that a descriptive and aid navigation.
  11. If a page requires a plugin or applet, such as a PDF the page should provide a download link to the plugin.
  12. Avoid flickering elements on a web page. They increase the risk of optically-induced seizures.
  13. When a timed response is required, be sure to alert the user, and allow sufficient time for the user to indicate more time is required.
  14. As an absolute last resort, an alternative text only site can be used. The text site MUST contain the same information as the non-text site.