Accessibility Content Checks

Cascade can run an accessibility content check on any page on your site.  The check is compliant with objective items for levels 1 and 2 of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Guidelines that AODA follows.

To run an accessibility check on a page:

  • Find the page that you want to check.
  • Click Edit.
  • Click the ellipsis next to Save & Preview and then click Check Content & Submit.
  • Cascade will run an accessibility check on the page and report any errors or say Congratulations, no accessibility violations were found!"
  • Fix any errors you have on the page or click the check mark at the top of the page to close the alert box.

Keyboard Shortcuts

In Cascade - Once you log on to Cascade, type ? for a list of keyboard shortcuts in Cascade. Note: these shortcuts do not work if your mouse has selected any of the text boxes.

In the WYSIWYG Editor - For more information on keyboard shortcuts in the WYSIWYG editor, see TinyMCE Accessibility.

In the Advanced Code Editor - For a list of keyboard shortcuts in the advanced code editor, please see Ace Default Keyboard Shortcuts.


Accessible Transcript


Tips & Tricks

By the end of 2020 under AODA legislation, Western’s web content must be accessible.  In the run up to this milestone, WTS is releasing tips and tricks to creating a more accessible web.

Mark Images Correctly. Ensure that your images are either marked as decorative or have an alternative text that accurately represents the image (I.e. not the file name).

Format Text. When formatting text, ensure that you are using <strong> instead of <b> and <em> instead of <i>. Avoid using <u> as it resembles a link.

Use Headings Correctly. Nest headings by their rank (or level). Make sure the headings are done in sequential order (h1, h2, h3, etc.).

Avoid the use of tables.  If you must present your information in tabular data, ensure you are creating the table in accordance to WCAG standards

Link Properly. Ensure that the text of the link accurately describes the destination (I.e. “About Us” is better than “Click Here”).


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