Congratulations on your new Sites@Duke Express website. Duke's Web Accessibility Guidelines require your site to conform to WCAG 2.0 AA rules before it launches.  We want to make meeting that goal as easy as possible.  The web accessibility team has vetted the available Themes for fundamental code issues so you can start out with a largely accessible website.  Yet there are a couple of issues that need to be validated by every site owner.  Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with those small issues.

People with disabilities know accessible websites don't happen by accident.  If you follow the tips below you can make your website more accessible. People with disabilities will notice your attention to detail and feel more welcome at Duke and your website. These rules can also mitigate other risks related to inaccessible sites.

Check for low contrast issues:

Most new WordPress Themes on Sites @ Duke come with compliant color schemes so the text color is easy to read on its background color.  This is called the contrast ratio.  Some Themes allow the site owner to change the colors.  It is important to choose colors that are accessible.  The default colors on a few of the themes need to be customized to conform to WCAG 2.0 AA rules.

Check for keyboard and screen reader accessibility:

Most of the WordPress themes in Sites @ Duke are pretty accessible. However, some themes have accessibility problems when dropdown menus are added. Please check to ensure it works. 

Ask the Web Accessibility team

After you have checked the items above, email the Web Accessibility Initiative to do a final assessment.  Duke's Web Accessibility Guidelines require websites with a name must conform to WCAG 2.0 AA rules before launch.