Siteimprove Accessibility Reports Now Available for Users

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.

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.

Services and Resources for IT Accessibility at ECU

East Carolina University is committed to providing technology and educational resources, such as applications, computer labs, learning platforms, web pages and multimedia content, that comply with accessibility standards so all users can fully participate in our mission of learning, service and research.

By establishing an accessibility and compliance program and keeping up to date with current trends in educational technology and web development, ECU is addressing needs to ensure access.

The Department for Disability Support Services and ITCS have worked in partnership to research standard practices and compliance resources which we present here to assist you in creating accessible content.

Services

Resources

While ensuring IT accessibility at ECU is a process, we have divided it into categories for your convenience:

  1. Web Publishing Standards
  2. Software Reviews
  3. Accessible Course Content
  4. Accessible Email Announcements
  5. Video Captioning Requirements

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Phillip White to schedule an IT Accessibility Consultation or contact the IT Help Desk at 252.328.9866 | 800.340.7081.