Basic Structure

March 20, 2017

Organization is crucial to how people find, navigate, and process information. Imagine reading a menu organized according to the time of day when the item started cooking. Or imagine searching for a phone number based on where the person lives. Or imagine if the grocery store were organized by weight... Read more »

Access for All: Distressing Design

Feb. 27, 2017

Caitlin’s head throbbed as she strained to take in all the images and accompanying text in the infographics. Ever since experiencing a traumatic brain injury while snowboarding, Caitlin would frequently develop migraines when reading for her classes or encountering inaccessible websites with excessive, flashy imagery and poor layout. The pain... Read more »

Dynamic Content

Feb. 26, 2017

Dynamic content is an important source of information and functionality. In this case, dynamic content refers to content on a page that changes without the page reloading. When a page is static, the only way for new content to appear is to pull up a new page. Dynamic content, on... Read more »

Instructional Resources for Designing Accessible Content

Jan. 20, 2017

CU Boulder is committed to fostering an accessible campus environment and offers a host of universal design resources and services to help you ensure your content is accessible for all learners. As a new semester starts, here are the tools, services and learning opportunities that instructors and content developers will... Read more »

Unlock Access with SensusAccess Document Converter

Jan. 11, 2017

As part of CU-Boulder’s commitment to fostering an accessible campus environment, OIT licensed a service called SensusAccess, which allows anyone with an email address to upload a document and have it automatically converted to an accessible document type. By following four easy steps on the CU-Boulder SensusAccess form, the... Read more »

When to Use Tables and How to Make Them Accessible to Screen Reader Users

Sept. 17, 2016

From an accessibility perspective, there is some question about whether to use or to avoid tables. As a general rule, tables are more useful to screen reader users with more skills who know how to use the screen reader tools that assist in navigating a table. Even more important though,... Read more »

Access for All: Coffee Shop Conundrum

Sept. 14, 2016

Darrin settled into a seat at his favorite Pearl Street coffee shop and queued up the videos he was expected to review for his Physics class. But as the first video started to roll, the din of conversations, espresso making and clanking dishes drown out the audio portion of the... Read more »

Register for Accessing Higher Ground Conference

Sept. 1, 2016

The Accessing Higher Ground Conference , the 19th annual edition of the accessible media, web and technology conference, is coming up November 14-18, 2016 at the Westin in Westminster. Early-bird registration is available until September 22. In addition to the early-bird discount, affiliates of the CU Boulder campus can receive... Read more »

New Service Provides Support for Universal Instructional Design

Aug. 25, 2016

To help move the campus toward the goal of becoming fully accessible according to the CU Boulder Campus Standards for the Accessibility of Information and Communication Technology Policy , the Office of Information Technology has implemented a service for universal design. Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact the Universal... Read more »

Making Sure More than Eyes Can Detect an Element

Aug. 5, 2016

If the only way to understand an object, image, link, or button is visually, then it is not accessible to someone who is blind. Appropriate labeling and alternative text ensures users have more than one way to gather information about a given element. Labels and alternative text are programmatically determinable... Read more »