AXIS is committed to providing faculty with the resources and assistance needed to meet web accessibility guidelines.

Accessibility Rubric

AXIS has developed a rubric for the accessibility review process. The information comes from various sources on web accessibility and ADA compliance. We have provided some commonly used guidelines from our rubric for faculty to complete a quick check for web accessibility, see below. Please feel free to contact our office at or 850-474-3120, or drop in on any Tuesday, for further assistance or guidance.

Accessibility Checkers

  • MS Office files have been checked for accessibility, and no issues were found.
  • PDFs have been checked for accessibility using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, and no issues were found.
  • Each course page has been checked with the accessibility checker tool in D2L, and no issues were found.

Text (Documents & Course Pages)

  • Headings use ‘Styles’ and are informative.
  • Readable fonts with only one or only a few font faces are used, e.g., Arial, Comic Sans, Georgia, Times New Roman, etc.
  • Text and images of text have at least a contrast ratio of 4.5:1. Large text has at least a contrast ratio of at least 3:1. (Use the contrast checker)


  • All tables have a header row.
  • Table headers use 'Styles' to convey meaning instead of just color.
  • All tables have a title and descriptive caption.


  • Hyperlinks must have a 3:1 contrast ratio from the surrounding non-link text. (Recommended: Blue color (#3333FF), surrounding text is black, and the background is white.)
  • Hyperlinks use descriptive text for display such as "How to Access Course Content," instead of "Click Here" or "Learn More." (NOTE: short URLs like a homepage are okay to use, e.g.,
  • External hyperlinks state that they open in a new window. Example: "Student Accessibility Resources (opens in new window)”.
  • Hyperlinks to non-HTML resources, such as PDF files, PowerPoint files, and Word files, have the file type presented inside the link. Example: “Course Syllabus (PDF/PowerPoint/Word Doc)”
  • Hyperlinks are natively clickable, i.e., not labeled as 'Right-click to open in a new window.'

Images, Audio, and Videos

  • All images have equivalent ALT text or ALT tags.
  • Each audio file has a descriptive text transcript file. Text should match words spoken in audio EXACTLY, no errors. 
  • Every video has a descriptive text transcript file or synchronized captions. Text should match words spoken in video EXACTLY, no errors.


  • All page functionality is available using the keyboard, i.e., you can tab through the page.
  • Numbered or bulleted lists use list markup (D2L ordered or bullet list options).
  • Students have been provided with information on how to access assistive technologies (i.e., a link to the Student Accessibility Resources (SAR)).

The Academic Technology Center (ATC) has also provided a resource for Accessibility