Making Accessible Web Pages and Web Sites

This document is intended for: Any person who creates or modifies new or existing web pages or web sites. It is intended as a guide to assist in the awareness, instruction and creation of accessible and usable web pages and web sites.

Purpose of this document: To ensure that UTEP web pages or web sites conform to all State and Federal requirements. View the comparison between US 508 and Texas requirements for accessibility.

When this document applies: Any time that an existing UTEP web site or web page is created and/or modified.

Before you begin:

Step 1: Plan the page or site with the user in mind

    Ask Yourself:

    • What types of users will be visting the page or site?
    • Why is the user at the page or site?
    • What do they want to accomplish?
    • What can you do to help them accomplish their task?
    • Could the user have special needs?

    Note: Before creating any web pages, organize the topical areas; include subtopics.

    Create the text (content) before putting it on a web page and ensure:

    • it has been proofread
    • it is short and coherent
    • it gets the message across
    • it uses plain language
    • it utilizes lists instead of prose
    • any included electronic documents are accessible
    • any included web applications are accessible

    Note: Create a list of any graphics, banners, logos, photographs, and video that you may need and request them, in advance, from University Communications.

    Step 2: Assemble the page or site

    Step 3: Test the page or site

    Step 4: Make any changes to issues that might have been found in Step 3

    Step 5: Launch the page and ensure that there is a URL available for customer feedback.