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Accessibility Recommendations For Archivists

These recommendations were created specifically for archivists, so that they can make their archival websites accessible for people with disabilities. The recommendations focus on aspects that a viewer would find on the average archival website.

My name is Lisa Snider, and I am a archivist and web developer. I feel it is our duty as archivists to make our sites and collections/fonds accessible to everyone, no matter their browser or device, skill, Internet experience or ability.

If you are not an archivist or don't work in an archives, don't leave this site! These recommendations are still useful, no matter what you do or where you work.

One important note about the word 'accessibility', as it is used on this website. When I use this term I am referring to both the usability and accessibility of a website. As a web developer who has worked with web accessibility since 1999, I have always felt that usability and accessibility were part of the same continuum. I have seen that an accessible website tends to be a more usable one. One extra bonus, is that I have also found that a more accessible website is more popular with search engines like Google. So I ask, why wouldn't you want to make your site accessible?

This site documents the full accessibility recommendations in the Recommendations area.