Work is progressing steadily on EduTech’s web site accessibility project. ITD’s most recent ADA compliance testing run on February 3rd looked much better than previous reports. The biggest contributor to this was due to us changing the way the ND TASL site address was handled. Previously, an alias was set up that redirected www.edutech.nodak.edu/ndtasl to the TASL site. This caused the accessibility tester to classify this site as being part of the larger EduTech site. As the TASL site is several years old and largely made up of Microsoft PowerPoint web presentations, it is very noncompliant. By simply changing its address to www.tasl.k12.nd.us, the number of reported problems dropped by over half.
I’m now in the process of cleaning up the leftovers. Some of these are new pages created since the last report that had different links with the same link text, which violates guideline 13.1 of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. These problems were easily found and fixed. Another 18 errors are actually PowerSchool templates that are stored in an XML formatted file. The tester is apparently processing these templates (with a .pst file extension) as HTML files. We are hoping these will be excluded in the next report run.