Phase II begins this month
As the owner of online content posted on the ecu.edu 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.
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.
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
- Visit the Siteimprove website for an overview of the tool.
- Submit the Siteimprove request to receive your site reports (both QA and accessibility).
- Visit the Get Started pages:
- Quality Assurance (QA) Report
- 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.