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Web Accessibility Awards

Purdue's Web Accessibility Awards were initiated in 2011 to help promote equal access to Purdue University's web pages. The Web Accessibility Awards recognize colleges, schools, departments, programs, and units that have made great strides in meeting or exceeding the University's standards for accessible web design while demonstrating excellence in design and communication. These awards of $1,000 will be given to two winners each year during the four-year implementation of Purdue's Web Accessibility Policy. Award recipients must use the monetary award to further their efforts in the area of accessible web design. Purdue's Web Accessibility Awards are sponsored by a grant from Google and the Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance.

To submit a nomination for the 2013 Web Accessibility Awards, please complete and return the nomination form and attachments by Monday, May 13, 2013 to:

Marcy Hintzman
Office of Institutional Equity
Ernest C. Young Hall, 10th Floor
155 S. Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114

For questions or to request this form in an alternate format, please call 494-7253 (voice), 496-1343 (TTY), or email mhintzma@purdue.edu.

A description of the past Web Accessibility Awards recipients and their accomplishments can be found below. Recipients and many past nominees are paying more attention to alternative text on images, using proper headings instead of using bolding and italics, and adding labels to form fields. These are the types of accessibility features the Web Accessibility Awards Voting Committee look for amongst other common accessibility features such as tables with headers, tagged PDFs, and closed captions for videos. Since the Web Accessibility Policy was adopted in 2010, Purdue websites have continued to make good progress in improving their accessibility to all.

 

2012

The College of Agriculture, https://ag.purdue.edu. In addition to ease of navigation, this website incorporates many accessibility features including skip navigation and labels for form fields. Nearly all of the site’s PDFs were tagged to improve accessibility. This website also includes a link to turn on “More Accessible Mode” when the page is viewed in SharePoint. The overall accessibility of the College’s Website is very impressive given the large volume of webpages this website comprises.

The College of Liberal Arts, http://www.cla.purdue.edu. In addition to meeting the University’s standard for accessible web design, the website is well organized, making it user friendly. It uses a unique design where the navigation visually appears to be at the top of the page but structurally is at the bottom of the page. This removes the need for a skip navigation link and provides quick access to the content of the page – especially important for some users. The College’s website also includes good header structure, use of contrast, and a reader link for PDFs.

2011

The National AgrAbility Project website, http://www.agrability.org. In addition to meeting the University’s standard for accessible web design, this website is very user friendly and has a pleasing visual design. All of the YouTube videos on this website are closed captioned, and a user may request text transcripts of web-based training modules. The National AgrAbility Project website is an excellent example of how visual design and web accessibility can work together to provide information to all users in an efficient and well-designed manner.

The ALT508 Image ALT Text Checker tool. This free tool, produced by ITaP’s Informatics group, provides a clean and concise report that allows developers to review all images and associated alt tags for an entire site. While most tools will scan your site for the existence of alt tags, there is no assurance that these alt tags are actually accurate or necessary. ALT508 Image ALT Text Checker takes this a step further by displaying a visual report of images next to their associated alt tags. By displaying images and their alt tags together, it is often easier to determine whether the alt text is appropriate for the image. This free tool can be found at https://www.itap.purdue.edu/checker/ and is available for download to anyone with a Purdue career account.

 

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