Accessibility @ SMC

Accessibility is important to Saint Mary’s College and the community it serves.  

We look to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines WCAG 2.0 level AA for direction, and we use POUR standards (Perceivable, Operable, Understandable and Robust) to determine accessibility. To evaluate web based products and classroom software for accessibility, we:

  • Apply the WAVE toolbar from to search for errors in the HTML and Javascript code and to identify missing/problematic alt tags in images, disassociated labels/radio buttons,  and to point out where contrast ratio issues exist between text and background colors
  • Test to determine if the product and/or site is navigable without a mouse
  • Ensure that the product and/or site information is perceivable and usable without sound
  • Check for product and/or site for compatibility with screen reader such as JAWS

Products and sites that will be used on a mobile device must also be navigable with VoiceOver on iOS devices in addition to meeting WCAG 2.0 level AA.