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Accessibility

The “Accessibility” tab appears on top of all pages of a LiveWhale-powered website, and provides important information about whether or not your pages are usable by people with disabilities.

Accessibility ratings come from the Functional Accessibility Evaluator provided by the University of Illinois-Champaign.  From the FAE site:

The Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE) analyzes web pages for markup that is consistent with the use of iCITA HTML Best Practices for the development of functionally accessible web resources that also support interoperability.

The iCITA HTML Best Practices are not a new standard, but rather a statement of techniques for implementation of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), the United States Federal Government Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards (Section 508) and the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA). Following the best practices in developing web resources not only improves accessibility for people with disabilities, but also improves interoperability, giving everyone the benefit of having more options for accessing and using those resources.


Web pages are automatically checked against the accessibility guidelines as they are edited by content managers. Action need only be taken when improvements can be made to the web page markup by those content managers assessing the accessibility of your pages.