Web Accessibility Requirements and Best Practices
The goal of web accessibility is to ensure people with disabilities have equal access to websites and digital content. Websites should:
- Meet WCAG 2.10 AA standards, at minimum.
- Pass the informal tab test (the user should be able to move through the links on the page using the tab key on their keyboard).
- Be tested to ensure a web browser’s zoom “text-only” doesn’t break the site.
- For more information about accessibility, please review the University of California Policy on Information Technology Accessibility and W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. Additional W3C resources that can help you understand and implement accessibility on your sites:
- Essential Components of Web Accessibility
- WCAG 2.1 at a Glance: a paraphrased summary of WCAG 2.1
- Easy Checks – A First Review of Web Accessibility: a quicker, easier resource for checking web accessibility
- How to Meet WCAG (Quick Reference): a customizable reference to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines requirements and techniques
- Consider accessibility in your social media communications as well as your email communications and other digital communication efforts.
For help in understanding accessibility standards at UC Davis, please contact Joshua Hori, at the Student Disability Center, or David Levin, of IET Academic Technology Services. Joshua and David can also help set you up with access to SiteImprove, a tool to help you assess and address accessibility and quality issues on your site.