Accessibility checklist for custom or vendor-built websites

When choosing to build a custom or vendor-built website (e.g. on McGill's Virtual Host platform) you are accepting responsibility for compliance with all legal and institutional requirements. Any site managers you nominate will be accountable to you concerning compliance with the digital standards and other requirements.

For these reasons, it's of critical importance that you familiarize yourself with all related mandatory and legal obligations. Failure to comply with these requirements can lead to human rights issues, legal action, and damage to McGill's reputation. For additional details on all obligations, see our Custom or vendor-built project toolkit.

Web accessibility requirements

  1. Ensure your site meets Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) at launch and continue to evaluate your site on an ongoing basis
    • See the related resources below for a link to a handy checklist produced by The A11y Project
  2. Refer to the Standard sur l'accessibilité des sites Web (SGQRI 008 2.0) for legislation applicable to McGill websites and confirm your site meets the requirements outlined
  3. Add an accessibility page to your site*. The Standard sur l'accessibilité des sites Web (SGQRI 008 2.0) specifies that this page should include:
    1. A link to the Standard sur l'accessibilité des sites Web (SGQRI 008 2.0)
    2. The tools used to verify accessibility compliance
    3. A list of icons used on the site
    4. It's best practice to also include contact details on this page so visitors can raise issues with accessibility

* The McGill global footer can be used as template but you'll need to connect the accessibility link to your own accessibility page. To see an example of an accessibility page, click the Accessibility link in the footer of this webpage.

Additional design and development resources

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