Cornell Engineering Web Accessibility Handbook

Engineering Website Support

What is Accessibility?

When we say accessibility, most people immediately think of making sure websites/apps are usable by people with disabilities:

  • Visually impaired people using screen readers or magnification/zoom to access text
  • People with motor function impairments using the keyboard (or other non-mouse features) to activate website functionality.
  • People with hearing impairments relying on captions/subtitles or other text alternatives for audio/video content.

Really, the aim of accessibility is to make your websites/apps usable by as many people in as many contexts as possible.

  • Users on mobile devices.
  • Users on alternative browsing devices such as TVs, watches, etc.
  • Users of older devices that might not have the latest browsers.
  • We experience changing abilities as we age.

Even natural conditions related to aging will decrease your capacity to read, hear, or use an electronic device. Do we want to consider aging a disability? This matters to everyone.

It’s important to design our web content for everyone, regardless of their specific abilities. Include candidates with speech, auditory, physical, visual, cognitive and neurological disabilities. Examples: optimized websites and forms

Helpful Links

From University of Washington:

Microsoft Videos on creating accessible word docs

Add Captioning to your videos

Wave tool for checking page accessibility

Additional tools