University of California, Riverside

Web Accessibility



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Website Accessibility

The UCR Homepage

The UCR homepage and all subsidiary pages implemented by the Office of Strategic Communications (under the leadership of Campus Accessibility Assistant and Senior Web Architect Robert Bottomley) are programmed to be accessible:

  • All text in images is also available to screen readers via alt tags or text of class "accessibility"
  • All forms include labels for all fields
  • Flash is used solely for decoration, and is not required
  • All pages use proper semantic HTML tagging
  • The site is periodically evaluated using text-only browsers to ensure all content is available to screen readers

The campus homepage also includes all features on other campus websites.

Other Campus Websites

A number of features are present in campus websites that utilize the wrapper scripts created and distributed by the Office of Strategic Communications Web Development Team in combination with the campus Content Management System to help ensure websites are as accessible as possible. While the responsibility to ensure accessibility ultimately falls upon content creators, certain mechanisms are in place to make accessibility automatic:

  • Skip Navigation links are available as per WebAIM recommendations
  • Keyboard navigation support, including Skip Navigation links, a logical tab index, and CSS to provide a visual cue for link focus
  • Standard library of javascript modules that degrade gracefully, ensuring content is available to browsers without javascript support
  • Standard site color schemes are evaluated for contrast and brightness requirements
  • The CMS requires alt text be entered when inserting images

Web Application Accessibility

Computing & Communications strives to create best-of-breed applications to handle business processes effectively and efficiently. These applications are always programmed with accessibility in mind, and reasonable accommodation is available when it it not possible to meet both accessibility and business rule requirements. C&C has been pursuing a variety of strategies aimed at making resources accessible to the majority of constituents while awaiting guidance on system-wide standards.

  • "Golden rules of programming," which all C&C programmers are required to familiarize themselves, include language about accessibility practices in programming
  • Multiple visual cues are used for mandatory fields in forms (color and italics)
  • Video tutorials generally include audio and text/caption content
  • Electronic applications are never the sole means to complete a task; a paper alternative, downloadable PDF, or other reasonable accommodation is always available
  • On the roadmap for future development are minimized alternative versions of major applications and systems for users with special needs (or for mobile devices)
  • Enterprise Application Development and Application & Multimedia Development have proposed a dedicated Accessibility and Quality Assurance lab staffed with personnel to evaluate all applications for both accessibility and general functionality

Technology Purchasing Agreements

Computing & Communications has worked with Purchasing to ensure Section 508 compliance language is included all contracts for acquiring software and services from external vendors.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Computer Support Group
Computing & Communications Bldg.

Tel: (951) 827-3555
Fax: (951) 827-4541
E-mail: helpdesk@ucr.edu

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