The University at Albany utilizes a distributed content management system in order to publish and maintain information across multiple sites. While the OpenText/RedDot and Drupal systems include accessibility features and ensure that the numerous web editors work within a unified and accessible template, there is still the possibility that the site you are editing may contain inaccessible content.
How to Identify Accessibility Errors
Since every feature and function of a webpage could benefit from inclusive design, there is no one correct place to start when conducting an accessibility audit. Furthermore, depending on your role, you may not be able to directly address the issues you encounter when reviewing a website within the albany.edu domain. That said, with the features of an accessible website in mind, and the help of free and provided tools, you can locate errors and make a positive impact on user experience in a matter of minutes.
UAlbany web editors have access to Siteimprove software, which helps them identify and fix accessibility issues on their web pages. Siteimprove automatically crawls the albany.edu website and identifies issues with accessibility compliance — such as missing alternative text, generic links, buttons without descriptions and more — and then organizes tasks based on their severity. Siteimprove can also help web editors identify and fix quality assurance issues, such as broken links, misspellings, outdated attachments and more.
If you need help with or training on Siteimprove, please contact [email protected].
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