What is web accessibility?

Web accessibility means designing and delivering websites and content that present no barriers to users with disabilities.  Accessible websites and content include design features that increase usability across a spectrum of abilities and technologies, including use by people with disabilities and users of assistive technology.

The University of Iowa is committed to providing everyone with equivalent access to University websites, applications, and resources. Learn more about the University of Iowa's Web Accessibility Focus.

Web accessibility means POUR


All users should be able to take in the message of the technology, whether by visual, auditory, tactile or other means.


All users should be able to perform any actions neccesary to effectively use the technology.


Webpages should be understandable in terms of language, idiom, navigation, etc. 


Webpages should leverage best practices and standards to ensure that it will work with the widest possible spectrum of present and future technologies.

Five Easy Ways to Improve Accessibility

  • Provide ALT text for images and other non-text elements
  • Use properly nested headings to provide document structure
  • Create data tables with: header and data cells, caption, summary, scope
  • Write good links: unique and meaningful text, ALT for images
  • Use sufficient color contrast for low-vision viewing