Accessibility

Read our guidelines on making and keeping our website accessible for all visitors. Good design is inclusive design.

What is accessibility?

The term “accessibility” refers to making sure our website can be used by everyone – regardless of any impairment or disability.

It is the responsibility of anyone who creates content for the Sussex website (including documents) to make sure it is accessible.

Read an introduction to web accessibility (W3.org).

The main impairments to consider are:

  • visual – where someone might be blind or partially-sighted
  • auditory – where a user might be deaf or hard of hearing
  • motor – where muscle movement (for instance, in the hands) is limited
  • cognitive – where the functions of the brain are impaired.

Learn about the diverse abilities of different web users (W3.org).

Accessibility is important

As a university, we are legally bound and committed to meeting the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA standard across the website.

If you edit web pages, you should understand our legal requirements.

Read the UK government’s web accessibility legal requirements for public sector bodies.

We have a detailed web accessibility statement for users that outlines our responsibilities.


How-to guides

Whether you’re creating things yourself, or getting an expert to do it, all web pages, files and documents must be produced to an accessible standard.

Web pages

If you’re editing or adding content to our website, see how to create accessible web pages.

When editing pages with our content systems or tools, you must use our standard page components. Do not change the default colours or bring in new components.

Microscoft documents

Many members of staff create Word documents or Excel spreadsheets with the expectation that they will be uploaded on to our website.

These must be accessible because people with impairments may need to download them.

Find out how to:

PDFs

PDFs can be created by staff, but also by commissioned designers.

Find out how to:

(Sometimes it is better to update a web page instead of creating a PDF.)

Video

There are a few things we must do to make sure videos can be consumed by people with diverse abilities.

See guidance on making accessible videos.

Social media

See our social media guidelines, including our responsibilities around social media accessibility.

Teaching resources

If you are looking to create accessible teaching documents or create resources for Canvas, see the TEL digital accessibility toolkit.

Accessibility is better for everyone

Meeting good accessibility practices not only makes our website more inclusive but also improves web standards in general, such as SEO, usability and cross-platform compatibility.

Following our best practice for web editors and this guidance will help you meet the standards.

Questions

If you have questions regarding accessibility or any feedback regarding these guides then email the digital team dcm@sussex.ac.uk.


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