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Accessibility

Accessibility is the practice of making your information usable by as many people as possible.

The Office of Information and Technology (OIT) is dedicated to ensuring, to the maximum level possible, that all Veterans, staff members, and other stakeholders are not hindered from accessing information due to cognitive, physical, or technological limitations.

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Top Document Issues

  • Ensure text and images of text provide sufficient contrast.
  • Ensure color is not the sole means of communicating information.
  • Provide a clear identifying title property for the document.
  • Ensure list items are structured properly.
  • Ensure all content is tagged.
  • Spell out all acronyms and abbreviations on the first reference.
  • Provide alternative text for images and non-text elements.

Top Web Issues

  • Ensure text and images of text provide sufficient contrast
  • Ensure content with color conveys the same meaning without color, directly in the content, on-screen, and without additional user interaction
  • Avoid the use of device-dependent event handlers.
  • Ensure off-screen and hidden content is not rendered by assistive technology.
  • Ensure the reading order of content and elements are correct when viewed without style sheets.
  • Ensure reading order of dynamically added content and elements are correct when viewed without style sheets.
  • Ensure complex data table headers are properly identified and are used in a valid fashion.
  • Spell out all acronyms and abbreviations on the first reference.
  • Ensure images provide informative alternative text.
Disclaimer

This page includes links to other websites outside our control and jurisdiction. VA is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of non-VA Web sites. We encourage you to review the privacy policy or terms and conditions of those sites to fully understand what information is collected and how it is used.

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