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Accessibility checklist

This checklist gives advice on the main accessibility issues you should address and gives details of some free checking tools and techniques you can use. There are checks that need you to review the content you've created by eye, for example, to avoid complexity, text in images or to make sure the layout is uncluttered but luckily this does not require deep technical knowledge.

Please feel free to seek help if you are not sure what you have to do.

More help will be provided

SiteBuilder, our content publishing system, takes care of some things you, for example:

  • content reflows, when magnified and on tablets and mobile devices
  • we ask you to provide alternative text for images

We hope to make further changes to content editing in the future, to help check for accessibility when you are creating and editing web pages.

Web editing is a major part of my job

If the majority of your job is related to web work you should have a good understanding of the principles of accessibility and the web standard that is WCAG 2.1. We suggest you follow the steps below.

Get started

Familiarise yourself with either the editor or technical checklists and apply the principles when creating new pages.

For existing pages do an audit of your pages or website to work out what you need to make accessible first to comply with legislation. We suggest looking at high traffic pages first. Any issues that can't be fixed immediately should be recorded and added to our Accessibility Statement.

Contact us for additions to the Accessibility Statement or for accessibility advice.

Apply the guidance here

Apply our guidance here for creating and checking pages. When running accessibility tests you will need to combine automated tool testing with manual checks as described. Manual checks include testing samples of pages with assistive technology e.g. speech readers.

For web sites that you commission you should ensure the supplier is creating the site to the WCAG 2.1 AA standard.

Accessibility training

There are lots of training materials on the web about accessibility. AbilityNet for example provides regular short training sessions. W3C the Web Accessibility Initiative foundation also provide Introductory training, often free.

Please watch a series of training workshops around accessibility created at Warwick by Academic Technology that covers accessibility of various formats Word, Powerpoint, Audio, Video, Maths equations and Moodle. With thanks to Kerry Pinny.

Digital Marketing has also created this web site of guidance, which is well worth reading.

Understand WCAG 2.1

Public pages must meet the AA WCAG 2.1 standard. Get familiar with what you need to do. Start updating your pages following the guidance here. Note that PDFs and Word documents are also included.