Specifications & Supporting Resources

The tools listed here can help web developers make websites accessible. There is no tool that can evaluate web content for all types of accessibility errors. A human check is always necessary.

Section 508
This is the US Government website. Includes links to the law, procurement information, announcements and more.
W3C HTML Specifications
SSU web developers should design all new sites XHTML 1.0, preferably Strict, but Transitional is acceptable. HTML 5.0 is not recommended at this time.
W3C CSS Specifications
SSU web developers should design all new sites using CSS 2.1. As CSS 3 is still in development, and not fully supported by all user agents, any CSS 3 styles used in SSU websites must be thoroughly tested on mulitple platforms and browsers, and with assistive technology.
W3C WAI-ARIA
The W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative - Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) defines a way to make web content and web applications more accessible to users with disabilites. It especially helps with dynamic content and advanced user interface controls developed with Ajax, HTML, Javascript and related technologies. Not yet fully supported with all user agents. SSU sites using WAI-ARIA must be thoroughly tested on mulitple platforms and browsers, and with assistive technology.
Javascript Resources
Mozilla links to several good Javascript resources.