Evaluating Accessibility of Malaysian Public Universities Websites using AChecker and WAVE
Journal of Information and Communication Technology, 2016
22 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2020
Date Written: December 1, 2016
Websites become an essential means for most universities to communicate, exchange of relevant information and enable transactions among their stakeholders. Therefore, website accessibility accessible website is crucial to students to ensure equal access to the university’s information regardless of their physical disabilities and other possible limitations. This study reports the web accessibility of 20 Malaysian public universities based on AChecker and WAVE. The results suggest a relatively low level of compliance with the guidelines as specified in WCAG 2.0 and Section 508. Among the aspects that deserve immediate attention is the provision of text alternatives for any non-text contents, keyboard accessibility and color contrast. Other concerns such as navigation, adaptability, input assistance, compatibility, empty link, and empty heading can be further improved. Regardless of low conformance, most websites extensively integrated some of the accessibility features as set out by Section 508. Overall, this study offers meaningful insights, particularly to web developers for better compliance with the standards while designing their websites.
Keywords: automated accessibility tools, Malaysian public university, Section 508, WCAG 2.0, web accessibility
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