Creating Accessible Websites: The Information and Communications Standard

Information and Communications Standard is part of AODA integrated standards released in June 2011 by Ontario legislative body. It requires McMaster University to provide information in an accessible format, which includes web sites and information published on them. McMaster University’s University Technology Services has created a series of webpages dedicated to web accessibility, including a list of website accessibility compliance dates to meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 level AA.

Complete Integrated Accessibility Standards under AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) can be found online. Please see the Information and Communications Standard for more information. (Explanation taken from UTS’, “Web Accessibility”)

WebAIM also has an infographic that summarizes accessibility requirements for web designers:

WebAIM infographic

Validating Your Website

WAVE accessibility evaluator tool is an online tool that automatically evaluates the accessibility of your website.

Web designers and developers may also wish to validate their markup using the W3 HTML validator.

Common Web Accessibility Errors

The more you pay attention to web accessibility, the easier it is to make a well-meaning mistake that renders your website less usable to people with disabilities. An enlightening round-up of frequently made accessibility errors is given here at  WebAIM’s Common Web Accessibility Errors.


McMaster Web Accessibility Course