The guidelines for accessibility are organized around the following four principles, and web sites must have content that is:
- Perceivable—Users must be able to perceive the information being presented (it can’t be invisible to all of their senses)
- Operable—Users must be able to operate the interface (the interface cannot require interaction that a general is unable to perform within the system)
- Understandable—Users must be able to understand the information as well as the operation of the user interface (the content or operation cannot be beyond their understanding)
- Robust—Users must be able to access the content as technologies advance
It is essential that the web development components work together. These components may include:
- Content—the information in a web page or web application, such as text, images and sounds, code that defines structure/presentation
- Web browsers, media players and other “user agents”
- Assistive technology, including screen readers, alternative keyboards, switches, scanning software, etc.
- Adaptive strategies using the web
- Developers—designers, coders, authors, etc., including developers with disabilities and users who contribute content
- Evaluation tools—web accessibility evaluation tools, HTML validators, CSS validators, etc.
WordPress has the majority of these components built into its system architecture, but should you have any questions about accessibility, analytics, metadata, platforms or privacy concerns, contact the Office of Website Management at TCU.
For more information on TCU’s commitment to accessibility, visit accessibility.tcu.edu