Digital Accessibility

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Welcome to the University of St. Andrews Digital Accessibility Guide. This guide serves as a comprehensive resource dedicated to teaching students how to make their theses, dissertations, and any other published works compatible with assistive technology designed to facilitate the use of computers for everyone. Accessibility is crucial to making academia inclusive for individuals with disabilities. Making published work accessible for all readers is an important step in that process. This guide provides explanations for best practices regarding accessible usage of formatting, fonts, colours, alt text, and other related topics.

What is Digital Accessibility?

There exists an infinite number of reasons, physical, neurological, and personal, why an individual may need accessible online resources. Digital accessibility is all about making computers (or any other digital technology) friendly for everyone to use. Computers can be a pain for anyone to use, but material that is incompatible with accessibility software can become nearly impossible for some to navigate. Digital accessibility is about providing the right combination of hardware, software and suitably formatted digital resources.