Web Accessibility

The UC San Diego Library is committed to design and development processes which ensure website content is available to users of all ability levels.

Internal Design and Development

Throughout design and development processes, developers and maintainers should ensure website content is available to users of all abilities, by conforming to Level AA of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. Level AA conformity ensures a better experience for persons using assistive technology. In cases where conforming to Level AA is impossible, systems should conform with Level A to ensure minimum access to information.


Testing Methods

A variety of testing methods should be employed to verify web accessibility.

  • Automated – Uses web crawling technology, like AChecker
  • Manual –
    • Visual/Content Review: Verifying alt tag content accurately conveys information contained in the image
    • Keyboard Access: Verifying site is navigable, and content is accessible via keyboard
    • Screen Reading: Verifying site content is accessible and sensible when accessed with a screen reader

See the Accessibility Tools and Resource List for testing resources.


Mobile Application Testing

Mobile applications should be testing using the native accessibility features for iOS and Android devices.


External Development/Third-Party Systems

The Library should ensure IT products and services are accessible to individuals with disabilities by following the UC Guidelines for Purchasing IT Products or Services [PDF].