Valid HTML

Imagine building a house on a shaky foundation. It doesn't matter if you have granite counter tops in the kitchen if the entire building is going to fall over. Much is the same with meeting accessibility standards. Before you can talk about making your pages accessible, you have to build them correctly.

In other words, you first must make sure that all the HTML elements on your page are "well formed" (aka Valid) before you can talk about being Section 508/WCAG compliant. The good news is that the CMS HTML editor (TinyMCE) will correct most HTML errors when you are editing content. It may miss some errors, however, and if you have access to the HTML tab, it is possible to put in incorrectly formatted HTML.

For all pages in the CMS, there is a "Tools" tab that provides access to the WC3 HTML Validator for the published version of any page on the site. This will look at the HTML of your page and inform you if you have any validation errors. In addition, the university website is scanned on a regular basis for errors (and as such, web administrators may fix any HTML errors on your web pages that are automatically detected).

If you have a page with errors and need help fixing them, please feel free to contact any member of the Marketing and Communications team.