Stanford Web Services (SWS) is committed to providing a Stanford Sites environment that enables site owners to build and manage websites that are accessible to everyone and adhere to Stanford's online accessibility policy.
As part of this commitment, SWS builds the following accessibility best practices into monthly development and release cycles:
- Internal automated and manual accessibility product-level testing
- External consulting and testing through the Office of Digital Accessibility
- Escalation of issues to designers and developers for remediation
- Documentation of decisions and best practices
Your responsibility as a site owner
SWS has designed Stanford Sites to be accessible and to support accessibility best practices. As you add content to your website, it is your responsibility to make sure your content continues to be accessible.
In addition to giving people with disabilities equal access to your information, an accessible website is more effective in reaching a wider audience through Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Search engines typically crawl your website the same way any screen reader would. If your web content is robust enough to be interpreted by a search engine, then it’s likely to be compatible with assistive technology.
You can learn more about how to make your site content accessible within these sections:
Access to websites and electronic content is integral to the academic, research, and engagement activities available at Stanford University. Stanford is committed to making its electronic content accessible to its students, faculty, staff, and all other individuals with disabilities participating or engaging in the programs and services of the University.
The Administrative Guide 6.8.1 - Accessibility of Electronic Content policy addresses the responsibilities and processes for Stanford’s electronic content and accessibility for individuals with disabilities.