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New Green River website among most accessible in state CTC system


pplying for admission, learning about classes and finding upcoming activities became easier for college website visitors when Green River’s new site launched in July. In addition to being more user-friendly, visually appealing and better organized, the new website is also one of the most accessible sites for community and technical colleges in the state.

Green River’s Web Team tested the new site for accessibility for people with visual, hearing or mobility disabilities on the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) website an international organization that works to establish web guidelines and standards. It found just two validation errors in the site’s coding, which makes it one of the top three most accessible websites among the state’s 34 community and technical colleges.

Ensuring accessibility for all visitors is a top priority. The website developers built special measures into the site’s coding to make it more accessible for everyone. Content managers write text to describe images on their pages, allowing people with a sight disability to hear the image’s description. People with sight disabilities can use a program that will read the text on a website, allowing them to navigate the page. Accurate coding means the program can properly read the text.

W3C is hosted by MIT in Cambridge, Mass., ERCIM in Sophia-Antipolis, France, and Keio University near Tokyo, Japan.