DIY - Six Essential Steps to IT Accessibility


As part of its ongoing commitment to creating and maintaining a welcoming and inclusive educational and working environment for people of all abilities, and to ensure equal access to information and services for all of its constituencies, the University of Maryland has developed an easy to use reference guide titled DIY - IT Accessibility. This guide describes the six most common areas of concern for the accessibility of online content:

  1. Headings - Format headings to structure pages or documents.
  2. Alternative Text for Images - Provide meaningful alternative text descriptions for images.
  3. Color - Verify adequate color contrast and avoid using color alone to convey meaning.
  4. Descriptive Links - Write descriptive links and avoid labels such as "click here."
  5. Table Headers - Create tables with column and/or row headers.
  6. Video Captions - Add captions to videos or provide a transcript.

Download the DIY IT Accessibility Guide PDF to learn how to improve these areas and enhance the accessibility of your online content. 

For more information about IT accessibility, please visit the IT Library(Opens in a new window) or contact the IT Accessibility office at itaccessibility@umd.edu(Opens in a new window)