Siteimprove Accessibility Reports Now Available for Users

Phase II begins this month

As the owner of online content posted on the domain–including department CommonSpot sites, WordPress blogs and the MyWeb/WWW2 servers–you recently received an email announcing changes to ECU’s Web Standards and Responsibilities which includes adoption of the WCAG 2.0 AA accessibility standard.

One way we are helping you comply with WCAG 2.0 is the rollout of the Siteimprove Web Governance tool. Siteimprove constantly crawls our online content page by page to flag quality issues like broken links, misspelled words and accessibility problems. Issues are compiled into two, individualized monthly reports for each content owner who has requested them.

Siteimprove Project

The Siteimprove project was divided into two phases: 1) Quality Assurance (QA), and 2) Accessibility.

Phase I. During summer/fall 2016, Quality Assurance reports were released to users listing misspelled words, broken page links and broken PDF links. We’ve heard from users who requested reports that this has made finding and fixing quality issues a much easier process.

Phase II. begins this month (March 2017), and accessibility reports will be sent to those already receiving QA reports.

Siteimprove reports are easy to use. Click a link in the report to open Siteimprove’s online version. Errors are highlighted and the screen includes an explanation and appropriate fix.

In addition to the monthly Siteimprove reports, there is now a Siteimprove Accessibility Checker extension for the Chrome Browser. Once added to Chrome, you are able to check an individual page for WCAG 2.0 issues. Problems are highlighted on the page, and the extension includes an explanation of the problem and the fix.

Compliance Oversight

Please note that, as a part of the university’s Web Content Regulation, several randomly-selected websites are reviewed quarterly by Disability Support Services, ITCS and Creative Services to ensure compliance with accessibility, security and adherence to design requirements outlined in the regulation. Site owners are emailed the results.

Learn More and Request Your Report

  1. Visit the Siteimprove website for an overview of the tool.
  2. Submit the Siteimprove request to receive your site reports (both QA and accessibility).
  3. Visit the Get Started pages:
    1. Quality Assurance (QA) Report
    2. Accessibility Report

Need More Help?

In addition to online help, we offer one-on-one consults and group training to help site users get started. Submit the Web Hosting Support service request to schedule time with a team member or ask a question.

Enrolled Students Eligible for Free Windows OS

Get your copy now!

All currently-enrolled students are eligible for a FREE DOWNLOAD of the Windows operating system. This full license is yours to keep, even after you graduate or leave ECU.

However, be sure to take advantage of this great benefit NOW as we are currently in contract renewal with Microsoft, and the Windows OS may not be available after June 30, 2017.

Choose from one of three products:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 7

Note that Macs must have virtualization software installed (Parallels, Bootcamp, VMware). Kivuto downloads are ISO files which must be burned to DVD before installation. DVD media can also be ordered during initial download (student pays shipping). Orders are accessible (available for download) for 31 days past the original order date.

For more information about this student benefit, see the Frequently Asked page.

There’s more! ECU’s Office 365 subscription includes 5 FREE downloads of Office 2016. Visit the Office 365 website to learn more.

If, at any time, assistance is required, call the IT Help Desk at 252.328.9866 | 800.340.7081.