The summary information on this page (basics by categories, prioritizing and general UM digital accessibility assumptions) is supported by specific topical information in each subsection (the menu on the left).
The basic guidelines below are summarized from standards listed in the UM Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Policy and Resolution Agreement.
- Straight text* documents created at UM should be text-based and have:
- sequential heading styles,
- lists that are styles and
- descriptive links.
- Straight text* documents that are acquired from other sources should be, at a minimum:
- text-based with
- heading styles provided by the UM convertdoc document conversion processes.
- Recommendation for images: Documents, even acquired ones, that are used frequently or on publically-facing websites should be evaluated and alternative text descriptions provided for images with significance or meaning. This is at the professor's discretion for course materials.
*Straight text excludes STEM topics and documents with extensive images
- Instructional environments and contents should be accessible and be used in the best accessible manner.
- Media (Request captioning - opens new tab)
- Videos should be open-captioned.
- Audio recordings should be transcribed.
- Purchasing / Procurement
- Programming & Developers
- Software, Hardware and electronic and information technology (Request review - opens new tab)
- Software/hardware should be accessible and be used in the best accessible manner.
- Only accessible electronic and information technology should be purchased.
- UM websites are checked for accessibility against W3C AA standards.
- If websites are used as course content, you can have them checked for accessibility at Web page accessibility review request - opens new tab.
Priority is assigned to:
- items used for academic purposes or public-facing websites
- items that will be used by many
- items that will be used more than once
- Web pages are natively, and more easily made, accessible than other content options.
- Many common documents are more flexible and accessible in their original programs.
- Word processing documents are usually more accessible than the same documents saved as PDFs
- PowerPoint files are better than PowerPoint saved as PDFs
- Forms follow the same principles: better as web forms, then Word forms and, if absolutely necessary, as fillable PDF forms.