Web Accessibility Standards

Provided below is a summary of the Web-based standards required by Section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act. To read the standards in full, you can follow the link provided to the Section 508 Standards for Electronic and Information Technology. Any additional information about ADA Standards can be found on the United States Access Board page on ADA Standards.

Web-based intranet and internet information and applications.

Article: Description:


What: A text equivalent should be provided for every non-textual element (e.g., via "alt", "longdesc", or in element content)

How: When adding content, such as an image or a page, be sure to fill out the title and description fields of the form.

For Us: Follow the tutorial on how to set "Descriptive Text".


What: Web pages should be designed so that all information conveyed with color is also available without color (e.g., context or markup).

How: Make sure that all content is associated with the style provided by the page it was created with. The content management system should take care of the rest.

For Us: Follow the tutorial on how to properly format "Page Content".


What: Documents should be organized in a fashion that is readable without an additional style sheet. 


What: Redundant text based links should be provided for each active region of a server-side image map.


What: Client-side image maps shall be provided instead of server-side image maps except where the regions cannot be defined with an available geometric shape.


What: Row and column headers should be identified for data tables.

How: When adding a table in a page, be sure to have a row dedicated to be the header for each column, and then set the cell properties to reflect their type.

For Us: Follow the tutorial on "Table Formatting".


What: Markup shall be used to associate data cells and header cells for data tables that have two or more logical levels of row or column headers.

How: When adding a table in a page, if there are two or more types of data presented in one table, you must have a header column for each data set, followed by its actual data columns.

For Us: Follow the tutorial on "Table Formatting".


What: When a page requires an applet, plug-in, or other application to be present on the client system to display content, the page must also provide a link to said applet or plug-in that complies with all the previous requirements.

For Us: Whenever a specific type of document is linked, be sure to link the page to any program which is necessary to use the document type (i.e. if a PDF is linked, be sure Adobe Acrobat is also linked on the page).


What: When forms are designed to be completed online, the form should allow for people using assistive technologies to access the information, field elements, and functionality required for the completion and submission of the form, including all directions and cues.

For Us: If using a PDF form, follow the Adobe Acrobat Accessibility Guides on the Documents page, otherwise send a precise description of what is expected for the form and send the requirements to


Contact Information

Michelle Patrick, M.Ed., LPCC

Coordinator, Accessibility Services


Phone: (740) 351-3106

Fax: (740) 351-3551

Office of Accessibility Services

Education Building, Room 145
945 Fourth Street
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662

Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment; Open during all orientation dates for June and July.

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