Buffalo State's official websites are designed to be accessible to all, including users with vision, motor, or hearing impairments. The college endorses the guidelines of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as the standard for accessibility and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 has become a national and international standard for making Web resources accessible to people with disabilities.
Buffalo State official websites are compliant with Section 508, sub-part B, 1194.22 and are currently being enhanced to be compliant in accordance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA. This standards update is immediate and establishes a new minimum requirement for the accessibility of websites and web applications to ensure compliance.
Websites generated from the college’s official installation of Drupal, Buffalo State’s content management system, that do not include user-entered custom code and styling and include alt tags with images will meet these guidelines.
Using best-practice design principles will help make self-published, affiliated and unofficial web pages accessible, but additional guidelines must be followed to ensure ADA compliance. Self-publishers uploading work to official college servers should review the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, to gauge the accessibility of their pages and run their sites through a code check, such as WebAIM WAVE. As you engage in the process of performing a site review, here are some very basic accessibility guidelines:
Every college website needs to be evaluated and checked for compliance periodically, as it is easy to fall out of compliance without vigilance. The Marketing and Communications Office relies on Primary Web Contacts to perform accessibility checks on the website(s) they manage on a regular basis.
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