WCAG Goals

The University at Albany is committed to the ideal of universal web accessibility. This means that visitors to albany.edu must be able to reach the same information and benefit from the same online resources regardless of their level of ability.

The University at Albany looks to the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) as the foundation of its web accessibility efforts. While the most recent version of the guidelines consists of pages of techniques and examples, some of which do not apply to the daily work of editing the webpages within albany.edu, WCAG does present four guiding principles of web accessibility that address each category of content, including images, hyperlinks, text, and PDFs.

Understanding the Four WCAG Principles of Accessibility

  • Perceivable
    Information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive.
  • Operable
    User interface components and navigation must be operable.
    Understandable
    Information and the operation of user interface must be understandable.
  • Robust
    Content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies.

There is no one right way to create a POUR website, but WCAG does list best practices that you can incorporate into your workflow at the University at Albany so that your webpages are accessible to audiences of all levels of ability.