SUNY Plattsburgh is committed to ensuring our web content is accessible to everyone.
Our website conforms to Web Content Accessibility Standards (WCAG) 2.0 AA standards, Section 508 requirements, as well as SUNY Website Accessibility Standards.
- Website Templates
The SUNY Plattsburgh website is built using a set of fully accessible templates. The templates allow all pages to feature:
- Consistent navigation
- Access to contact information
- Special coding to ensure screen reading software will deliver content to visually
impaired visitors in a usable format:
- Skip to main content
- Logical heading order
- Link text is descriptive and unique
- Descriptive alt tags for all images conveying important information
- Null alt tags for decorative images
- Keyboard navigation is functional and tab order is logical
Visitors with color vision impairment or low vision benefit from sufficient contrast between text, items and backgrounds.
All pages on the site are required to pass contrast checks. We use both the WAVE Web Accessibility Tool and manual checks by trained staff to ensure pages comply with requirements.
- Writing Style
We use clear and direct language whenever possible so all visitors can easily understand our content. Our content contributors are encouraged to use subheadings to break up dense content and separate complex content into easy to read chunks.
All visitors appreciate unique and descriptive link text, which gives a sense of the information a link leads to. The text also helps vision-impaired visitors select the correct link if they choose to hear only the links on a page.
Links open in the same tab except when doing so is customary and welcomed by visitors, such as when linking to forms or external sites.
- ImagesAll images on our site provide an alt tag for screen reading software. If an image conveys important information, the alt tag is used to summarize the information. If the image is only decorative, an empty alt tag is used.
Tables are designed and coded to be fully accessible to those using screen reading software. Header rows are used and all data cells must be arranged to follow a logical tab order. For tables which use alternating row colors, the background color must have sufficient contrast with the text in the cell.
- Video & Audio
Video and audio-only recordings we produce or link to must be closed captioned, with a transcript available, to be published on our website.
Autoplay is not allowed for video and audio recordings.
- Document Accessibility
PDF is our preferred online document format and is required for all documents produced for the general public. PDFs on the site must have selectable text (no pictures of text) and pass Adobe Acrobat's built-in accessibility checker.
Documents for internal audiences, such as current students, faculty and staff can be in other formats, however, they must contain selectable text (no pictures of text).
- Online FormsForms are coded for full accessibility and use ARIA labeling.