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How Accessible Are Australian University Web Sites?

Dey Alexander, Usability Specialist, Information Technology Services, Building 3A, Monash University, 3800. Email: dey.alexander@its.monash.edu.au


Keywords

Accessibility, disability, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, WCAG, Disability Discrimination Act 1992, DDA


Abstract

This paper reports on a recent study of the accessibility of Australian university web sites. A selection of key pages from all 45 Australian tertiary education web sites were analysed to assess their compliance with basic accessibility standards, as required by Australian anti-discrimination legislation. The results—98 percent of sites failed to comply—suggest that Australian university web sites are likely to present significant barriers to access for people with disabilities. Web accessibility is poorly understood by university web publishers, and procedures are not in place to ensure that university web sites provide equitable access to important online resources.


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