14. Make your site Accessible
Many of the constraints included in the custom RED multisite are intended to assist in making UIC websites accessible and usable for all. UIC is committed to Accessibility and follows both the federal Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA).
- Usability refers to the users’ experience on your website. This includes a range of factors that you control on your site: what content do your users need and want, how can they find it, how can they understand it, and much more. Some of these factors are built into Red, such as how we use menus and breadcrumbs for navigation, and others are dependent on you. For more on usability, see the links below.
- Every image should have ALT Text keywords associated with it. Alt text is required for accessibility and should provide a description of what is taking place in the image. It is also beneficial to SEO, as your images will show up in outside user searches within search engine image queries based on your ALT text. DO NOT USE phrases like “image of”, “picture of”, or “screenshot of” when inputting your ALT text.