Accessibility and Screen Readers

As Web Editors for Providence College, it’s our job to ensure that our pages are accessible and viewable by everyone, regardless of any disabilities they may have that could potentially hamper their ability to view our content.

Accessibility Tips

There are several things that you can do to optimize the accessibility of your web pages including:

  1. Ensuring all uploaded images are properly tagged with “alt tags” – alternative text that screen readers read to their users that describe the image displayed on the page. If you are stuck on what to write, Penn State has a great guide to crafting alt tags.
  2. Using Headings in proper order- screen readers use headings to identify levels of importance of content on a page, using them out of order can cause users to miss important content on your pages.
  3. Where possible, convert .pdf content to actual web pages- while .pdfs are the best format for files to download from the web, if the content contained within them is brief, it’s better to convert it to a web page to make the content more accessible. This also helps with SEO- more pages on your site equates to heavier “weight” as far as search engines are concerned, and makes it appear more relevant to them.

DubBot Training

Faculty and staff members are required to take DubBot training in order to complete their training to become a Web Editor. DubBot is a software tool that Providence College uses to ensure that our pages are optimized for accessibility, contain no misspellings or broken links.

Further Questions about Accessibility

If you have further questions regarding web page accessibility, check out our accessibility pages or please contact Kerri Hicks, Asst. Director for Web Development & Web Accessibility.

Examples of screen readers in action

How a screen reader user experiences an accessible and inaccessible website
A demonstration of using a screen reader
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