Website Accessibility - Web Communications


Website Accessibility

As a state institution, the NIU website is required to comply with the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA) which requires Illinois agencies and universities to ensure that their websites, information systems and information technologies are accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals responsible for web pages within their area should review IITAA requirements on a regular basis. The university templates are fully compliant. 

Making page content accessible

  • Headings - Headings give an importance level and size to text. Start every page with Heading 2 tag. Subsequent headings should be Heading 3, Heading 4, etc. Do Not Bold or emphasize to create headings -- use Heading formatting.
  • Links - Make links understandable out of context.
  • Underline - Don't underline text. Underlined words look like links.
  • Images / Alt text - Include an alternate text with all images. It should give a brief description of the image.
  • Multi-media - Any information conveyed by multi-media must also be conveyed in text.

View more tips on web accessibility from the University of Washington

PDFs on the NIU website

PDFs (Portable Document Format) are often created from a Microsoft Word document.