Providing accessible technology, resources, and information is a priority for CU-Boulder and benefits everyone, not just those with disabilities. This site aims to provide resources to utilize when creating web-based content in order to make it accessible. These articles will highlight details of accessible technology, new platforms, updates to existing services, and other topics relevant to the creation of accessible technology.

Don’t Reinvent the Wheel

Feb. 28, 2018

If you’re trying to create an innovative car that will expand for extra passengers or cargo and shrink when you want to park it between a couple of enormous SUVs, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. You might decide to modify the frame or axles in some way, but... Read more »

Mental Maps (Part 3 of 3)

Nov. 23, 2017

Part 3 How to Help Create a Mental Map Visual features, such as color, font, and placement, can help a sighted user categorize and understand content for their mental map, but designing predominantly for visual effect can ultimately make content harder to grasp. For example, assigning graphics to every link... Read more »

Mental Maps (Part 2 of 3)

Nov. 23, 2017

Part 2 Google Drive Example Google Drive is a web based application for storing and organizing files. It includes potential actions such as reorganizing files, viewing content, and sharing materials with others. It uses a standard system of storing folders and files within higher levels of folders. The concept of... Read more »

Mental Maps (Part 1 of 3)

Nov. 23, 2017

The topic of mental maps is extensive and thus will appear over the span of three entries. Part 1 Understanding the Basic Concepts A mental map is a way of organizing and understanding information. For example, I could give you a list of 12 items: sky, tree, flower, building, seed,... Read more »

Keyboard Navigation

May 26, 2017

The differences between keyboard and mouse navigation are more than just the type of device someone uses; navigation shapes a user’s whole approach. Most screen readers use keyboard navigation where keys are assigned to various kinds of content and actions. Mouse navigation is any sort of pointing device that moves... Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Accessible Word and PDF documents

July 12, 2016

It is usually overall more accessible to make documents into accessible html documents, not have them be external documents, but instead integrate them into a site or application. However, if that is not possible, it is important to consider the accessibility of all external documents with links from your site... Read more »