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July 1, 2010 deadline information

All new and Redesigned Web Pages published on or after the effective date of this policy must be in compliance with the U.S. Access Board’s Electronic and Information Technologies Accessibility Standards and must indicate in plain text a method of contact for users with disabilities having trouble accessing content within the site. The contact information is typically a phone number and/or e-mail address that puts the user in touch with the person(s) responsible for the content and function of the page who can usually reply within one business day.

Suggested language:

Copyright © 20__, Purdue University, all rights reserved. Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity university.  If you have trouble accessing this page because of a disability, please contact [insert job title] at [insert phone number and/or e-mail address].

By July 1, 2010, all legacy web pages must indicate in plain text a method of contact for users with disabilities having trouble accessing content within the site as outlined above.



Adding the second line of the copyright statement should be easy if you are using a content management system or includes. However for legacy web pages that may not have been developed using such systems, Dreamweaver (or hopefully your favorite text editor) has a find and replace feature which should make this an easy task. Here is an example using www.purdue.edu:

  1. Open up an example of one of the pages you wish to add the accessibility statement to.
  2. Press Ctrl + F to open a Find window.
  3. Change "Find in" value to "Folder...".
  4. Click on the folder icon to the right of the new text box to browse to a root folder which you wish to search in.
  5. Change the "Search" value to "Source Code".
  6. Copy the existing HTML region where your current copyright formatting resides. For www.purdue.edu (and this page) this would be something like:

    <a href="http://www.purdue.edu/purdue/disclaimer.html">&copy; 2011 Purdue University</a> | <a href="http://www.purdue.edu/purdue/ea_eou_statement.html">An equal access/equal opportunity university</a> | <a href="http://www.purdue.edu/securepurdue/DMCAAgent.cfm">Copyright Complaints</a>
  7. Paste this into the Find window next to "Find".
  8. Also paste this next to "Replace" and then add the additional accessibility sentence to the Replace text area. My screen now looks like this:
    Dreamweaver Find and Replace window
  9. Click "Replace All" and the portion of HTML code you entered in the Find textarea will be replaced by what you have in the Replace textarea.