[Athen] Accessibility tips for foreign language faculty

Humbert, Joe johumber at iu.edu
Thu Nov 12 10:30:35 PST 2015

Hi Rachel,

* Make sure the primary/default human language for each document, website, etc. is specified (WCAG 2.0 Understanding SC 3.1.1<http://www.w3.org/TR/UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20/meaning-doc-lang-id.html>)

* Make sure changes in languages for parts of "documents" are specified. (WCAG 2.0 Understanding SC 3.1.2<http://www.w3.org/TR/UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20/meaning-other-lang-id.html>)

The links I have provided have links to techniques for both websites and other types of documents.

I assume specifying the language of parts of a document would be extremely important as there are bound to be multilingual documents (e.g., English and Spanish mixed).


Joe Humbert
Principal Accessibility Analyst
Assistive Technology and Accessibility Centers
University Information Technology Services
Indiana University, IUPUI IT 210F
(317) 274-4378
johumber at iu.edu<mailto:johumber at iu.edu>

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Hi, all.

Our area is soon meeting with a group of faculty from the modern languages and classics department regarding ways to make their course materials more accessibility from the outset. Do you have any foreign language specific suggestions?

Some topics we will address include discussing accessibility with publishers (and asking my team to evaluate the responses), making sure web content, PDFs, and office docs are accessible (via NCDAE cheatsheets and workshops and assistance we offer), and keeping communications lines with students open. We will also include info about working with our campus disability services team.

Any ideas you have would e much appreciated, Rachel

Dr. Rachel S. Thompson

Director, Emerging Technology

Center for Instructional Technology

University of Alabama


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