Repairing Common Accessibility Problems

Since web sites created with OU Campus use an accessible template, only the editable content on a page is likely to have accessibility problems. This page explains how to fix the most common problems (see Check common accessibility problems for how to find these problems).

Alternative text is missing or not meaningful

  • Click on the image you want to change the alt text for
  • Click on the Insert/edit image icon in the toolbar
  • Enter the new image description
  • Click the Update button
  • Save the page

PDF, Word, and other non-html documents are not identified

  • Click on the text that links to a PDF, Word, or other non-html document.
  • Use the arrow keys to move the cursor to the end of the link.
  • Add [pdf], [doc], etc. to the end of the link.
  • The link should now look something like this: Coded Memorandum AA-2006-41 [pdf]

Tables are not used appropriately

  • To add column headers:
    • Click in the top row
    • Click the "Table cell properties" button in the toolbar
    • Select Cell type: header
    • Select Scope: column
    • Click on "Update current cell" and change to "Update all cells in row"
    • Click Update
  • To add row headers:
    • Click in the leftmost column
    • Click the "Table cell properties" button in the toolbar
    • Select Cell type: header
    • Select Scope: row
    • Click on "Update current cell" and change to "Update all cells in column"
    • Click Update

Headings are not used appropriately

  • Select the text to be used as a heading.
  • Choose the appropriate heading level from the drop-down menu at the left of the toolbar.
  • Select the link text to be changed.
  • Type new text that clearly describes the target of the link.

Lists are not used appropriately

  • Creating a simple list:
    • Select the items you want to be in the list.
    • Click the appropriate list button in the toolbar.
  • Creating a multi-level list:
    • Right-click the first item that should be in a sub-list.
    • Choose Bulleted list (or Numbered list) -> Create sublist.
    • Add the rest of the items that are in the sublist.
    Changing a list to roman numerals (I, II, III, IV...) or letters (A, B, C ...)
    • Use the Upper-Roman or Upper-Alpha snippet.
    • Other snippets exist for lower-case.