These pages provide you with an introduction to what web accessibility is and why it is important for the University’s websites and web-based systems to be accessible to everyone. You will also find support for creating accessible content.
Lund University’s websites are covered by the European Union Directive on Accessibility of the Websites and Mobile Applications of Public Sector Bodies, which requires both the technology and the content to be accessible.
According to the Funka organisation, about 10-20 per cent of the population in the Western world is estimated to have some form of disability. In addition to this group, there are many people with temporary or situational disabilities.
Sometimes it can be helpful to have figures for how many people are affected by accessibility issues.
Information and services are to be usable by everyone regardless of circumstances such as disability.
Simulate the experiences of different user groups
To get a picture of how visitors with various disabilities experience your website, you can use a simulator. One example of a simulator is Funkify, which is an extension you can install in your Chrome web browser. Using Funkify, you can experience your website as a colour-blind person would, for example, or a person with dyslexia.
Support in your web accessibility work
Who is responsible for web accessibility at Lund University?
Lund University has an estimated 1000 different websites. The head of each organisational unit is ultimately responsible for that unit’s website and for ensuring that its content complies with current laws and regulations such as the the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), copyright law and accessibility. Thus the head of each organisational unit is responsible for ensuring that an accessibility statement is published on the unit’s website.
The requirement for web accessibility affects many different roles within the University, such as:
- Teaching staff who produce teaching material for the web
- Developers coding websites
- Managers of online systems
- Communications officers who publish web pages
- Administrators who produce documents for the web
Accessibility support at Lund University
At these pages about web accessibility you will find support for creating accessible content. At Corporate Communication there is also an accessibility expert who provide support to the entire University by offering advice on, and expertise in, accessibility matters.
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