Below is a short assessment of eight key areas that have been assessed during the production process. The checklist has been drawn from the BCcampus Open Education Accessibility Toolkit. While a checklist such as this is just one part of a holistic approach to accessibility, it is one way to begin work on embedded good accessibility practices in OER textbooks.

Accessibility Checklist

Accessibility Checklist
Category Item Status
Organizing Content Content is organized under headings and subheadings Yes
Organizing Content Headings and subheadings are used sequentially (e.g. Heading 1, Heading 2, etc.) as well as logically (if the title is Heading 1 then there should be no other Heading 1 styles as the title is the uppermost level)
Images Images that convey information include Alternative Text (alt-text) descriptions of the image’s content or function
Images Graphs, charts, and maps also include contextual or supporting details in the text surrounding the image
Images Images do not rely on color to convey information
Images Images that are purely decorative contain empty alternative text descriptions. (Descriptive text is unnecessary if the image doesn’t convey contextual content information)
Tables Tables include row and column headers
Tables Tables include a title or caption
Tables Tables do not have merged or split cells
Tables Tables have adequate cell padding
Weblinks The weblink is meaningful in context, and does not use generic text such as “click here” or “read more”
Weblinks Weblinks do not open new windows or tabs
Weblinks If weblinks must open in a new window, a textual reference is included in the link information
Embedded Multimedia A transcript has been made available for a multimedia resource that includes audio narration or instruction
Embedded Multimedia Captions of all speech content and relevant non-speech content are included in the multimedia resource that includes audio synchronized with a video presentation
Embedded Multimedia Audio descriptions of contextual visuals (graphs, charts, etc.) are included in the multimedia resource
Formulas Formulas have been created using MathML
Formulas Formulas are images with alternative text descriptions, if MathML is not an option
Font Size Font size is 12 point or higher for body text
Font Size Font size is 9 point for footnotes or endnotes
Font Size Font size can be zoomed to 200%

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Pathways to College Success by Joel Gladd is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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