Principles and Standards

Web Accessibility Standards

The UXO supports the University in its efforts to ensure Information Communication Technology is fair and inclusive to users of all abilities. To that end we use the guiding principles of Universal Design and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA. 

Universal Design

Universal Design principles seek to create accessible experiences in the built environment. The UXO looks for ways to adapt and integrate those principles into interface design.

Information technology solutions should be:

  1. Equitable
  2. Flexible
  3. Simple and intuitive
  4. Perceptible
  5. Error tolerant
  6. Require minimal physical effort
  7. Supportive of adequate size and space

WCAG 2.0 Level AA

The World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines offer editors, designers and developers objective criteria for designing accessible digital experiences. 

Perceivable

Experiences should not rely on any one physical or sensory abilities to perceive content. We promote the inclusion of users with diverse abilities by encouraging content that can be experienced through varied modalities.

Operable

The UXO creates design considerations for users who rely on keyboards or switch operation devices to use and interact with ICT. We push for interactions that respect the pace of users with diverse abilities and provide enough time to achieve objectives.

Understandable

The UXO believes in creating User Interfaces and User Interactions that are consistent; both to lower the cognitive load and to promote an intuitive User Experience. We advocate for design that appears and behaves in predictable ways as a foundational principle of our work. 

Robust

The UXO works to produce User Experiences that are solid in their foundation; not only for the technology of today, but for those new and emerging technologies. We seek to balance an infrastructure of integrity with an innovative spirit.