Web Accessibility

​​​​​Learn about web accessibility guidelines and UBC's commitment to meet internationally recognized standards for web accessibility.

​Web accessibility refers to the inclusive practice of making websites usable by people of all abilities and disabilities.​ With approximately 20% of people being affected by some form of disability and a growing population of older people with changing abilities due to aging, making UBC's websites accessible is a high priority for us.


The WCAG 2.0 (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines​) are the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)​ recommended guidelines for web accessibility. There are three levels of compliance with the WCAG 2.0 – A, AA and AAA – and they each have a set of requirements that need to be fulfilled.

The UBC Common Look & Feel (CLF) default colors (brand identity header, brand identity footer, UI elements and components) are AAA compliant and continuous improvements are being made to ensure WCAG 2.0 AA compliance throughout.

My site is on the UBC CLF, does that mean my site is accessible?

​Not quite. While the CLF is designed to meet web accessibility standards, accessibility is more than just design styles. It is still up to you to ensure that your content follows best practices. Tips to make your content accessible include:

  • Use the UBC CLF default styles, including the default heading and paragraph styles for text.
  • Use true text rather than text displayed in image files.
  • Avoid all caps.
  • Provide suitable alternative text ("alt text") to describe the content and function of images. Instructions are available on how to add alt text​ in WordPress.
  • Ensure link text makes sense on its own. Avoid ambiguous link text such as "click here".
  • Format tables properly and do not use tables for structural elements.
  • Do not rely on colour alone to convey information.