The Santa Rosa Junior College website is managed using a shared governance model, which relies on distributed responsibility for the content on over 180 subdomains that have been created since we moved to the Drupal CMS in 2014. Once your pages are live, you are responsible for maintaining them and ensuring they are error-free and meet accessibility requirements. To help you with this, SRJC has purchased a subscription to Siteimprove, which is an all-in-one web governance tool. Each subdomain on the JC site must have a contact person for Siteimprove. Siteimprove can help you with:
- Identifying broken links or misspellings
- Monitoring for accessibility issues and providing recommended solutions
- Flagging potential SEO (Search Engine Optimization) errors
- Monitoring site performance speed and downtime
- Informing you of any broken links and accessibility issues within online documents
Why should I care about web accessibility?
Web accessibility is everyone's responsibility. The college has a legal responsibility to meet WCAG 2.0, Level A and Level AA (Beginner and Intermediate Standards).
Meeting accessibility standards will optimize your site for all visitors (especially those with disabilities), increase search engine visibility, and prevent lawsuits. One in five adults now live with a disability, including visual impairments such as dyslexia and color-blindness, hearing impairments, cognitive disorders, and physical disabilities. The range and severity of these disabilities are as varied as the people affected by them. Up to 20% of internet users experience accessibility issues when using the internet. When a website has accessibility issues, up to 1 in 5 users will encounter difficulties.
Many of these users rely on assistive technologies, like screen readers, to navigate the web. For them, even the most common website interactions can be frustrating, difficult experiences if the site hasn’t been built properly or with accessibility in mind. Websites that don’t meet modern accessibility standards risk alienating 20% of their potential audience.
Siteimprove’s WGS Accessibility tool will analyze your site for WCAG 2.0 and Section 508 web accessibility compliance. This will allow you to easily test for, and correct, accessibility and quality issues as they crop up.
Please be aware that automated tools like Siteimprove can only test for approximately 40% of accessibility issues on your pages. Manual testing and checking needs to be used to ensure the rest of your content is accessible. For more information please visit California Community College's Accessibility Center website and our guide to Creating Accessible Drupal Sites.
How do i start using Siteimprove?
If you are the contact person for your website, and are not receiving Siteimprove reports, please contact Leila Rand in the IT Department who can add you as a Siteimprove user. You will then receive an email from Siteimprove with your login credentials, which will go into your spam or junk folder. You will need to move it into your inbox, and follow the steps to create a password. You are then responsible for maintaining and updating your pages and monitoring the Siteimprove reports on QA. More specifically:
YOU ARE EXPECTED TO:
- Complete the basic Siteimprove video tutorial training, if you have not already done so:
- New User Training (13:37)
- Download the Siteimprove Cheat Sheet created by IT staff
- Quality Assurance - fix or remove all broken links and misspellings
- Accessibility - Repair the Editor Level A and AA accessibility compliance issues
- Monitor your site’s QA and Accessibility on an ongoing basis by using the Reports tool. This is particularly important when you change or add new content to the site
- Keep us informed if you hand over responsibility for the site to a new staff member or let us know if somebody else is already responsible for ongoing site maintenance
OPTIONAL ACCESSIBILITY AND WEB GOVERNANCE TRAINING:
- Siteimprove Video Tutorials on QA, Accessibility, SEO and Analytics
- 30 minute live training on Accessibility with Siteimprove - please contact me if you are interested and I will schedule you in
- Non-technical Accessibility Certification
Questions about Siteimprove can be answered by clicking on the Video Tutorials and Support button which is at the bottom of the left hand column on most pages in Siteimprove.