Journal of East China Normal University(Natural Sc ›› 2015, Vol. 2015 ›› Issue (6): 143-151.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1000-5641.2015.06.018

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Accessibility evaluation on college portal websitesbased on WCAG 2.0

 LIU  Huan 1,2, WU  Min-Yu 2 ,CHEN  Jian-Xiang 1, LIU  Chang 1, LU  Bei-Rong 2   

  • Received:2014-10-30 Online:2015-11-25 Published:2015-12-23

Abstract: In recent years, more and more attention has been drawn to the construction of portal websites in colleges. In order to improve the college portal websites, the accessibility of the websites should be strongly concerned. Through a survey of 60 college portal websites in China, this research tries to provide an overview of the accessibility of Chinese college portal websites based on Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG). The results indicate that none of the surveyed college portal websites meets the accessibility requirements of WCAG 2.0. Similar problems occur among different levels of college portal websites, and noncompliance errors within the guidelines are highly concentrated. The main accessibility problems are: (1) using images without text alternatives; (2) leaving language of pages undefined; (3) leaving input elements unlabeled; (4) lacking keyboard control. Finally, several valuable recommendations are made based on the research findings.

Key words: accessibility, college portal websites, WCAG 2.0

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