Kevin is the electronic IT accessibility coordinator at Georgetown. In this column, he’ll share tips on how to make your electronic content more accessible to folks using assistive technologies.
Improving the accessibility of Georgetown’s webpages is an important part of our university-wide effort to make our program, resources and mission inclusive to all.
A key tool Georgetown uses to help improve the accessibility of our websites and ensure they can be consumed by all, regardless of ability, is Siteimprove. Siteimprove is software that can perform automated accessibility checks on webpages and provide reports of issues that need to be fixed to improve the accessibility of the page.
Last month, Siteimprove’s crawler was upgraded to a new version called NextGeneration that uses Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. These are more recently published accessibility criteria which build upon WCAG 2.0, which has been the university’s accessibility threshold over the last several years. With the move to the NextGeneration crawler, your Siteimprove score will likely change. Some scores will improve and some will get worse. This is expected as there are new criteria being checked, and some old criteria that are no longer being checked.
In order to explain the Siteimprove changes and introduce you to the new crawler, we have compiled a list of resources:
If you have not already received email notification about this change, it means that you likely do not have a Siteimprove account. You can request an account through the Siteimprove access request form.
There are numerous resources to help you make your website and other digital content accessible at https://accessibility.georgetown.edu/. And if you have any questions, please reach out to email@example.com.