It has been determined that this website needs to be as usable as possible, and at least minimally accessible to our patients with disabilities.
The use of the guidelines below will ensure that web documents created by UK HealthCare are developed to serve the largest possible audience. Compliance with these guidelines provides an added benefit to those users with text-based browsers, low-end processors, slow modem connections and/or no multimedia capabilities on their computer. It also allows for access by new technologies.
Our definition of minimal accessibility is based upon the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). WCAG defines three levels of checkpoint priority. UK HealthCare policy requires at least single-A WCAG compliance, which means all Priority one checkpoints are met. Additionally, UK HealthCare requires 508 compliance.
UK HealthCare will also strive to meet 75% of Priority 2, and 50% of Priority 3 guidelines. If possible, we will fix all items that do not destroy the functionality of the site.
Note that this is a goal of UK HealthCare and not necessarily implemented on all pages at this time. Specifically the Adobe PDF files are not compliant.
- Users will get a chance to give feedback, respond to surveys, and suggest new content in order to make the site more useful and user friendly.
- The site will use clear consistent navigation with use of conventional button names.
- The site will contain two search mechanisms (search box and explicit navigation bar)
- The site will contain clear, concise writing.
- Links will be descriptive, and file size for Portable Document Format files (PDFs) will be indicated.
- The visual hierarchy of each page will be clear for easy scanning of documents.
- Advertising will be minimal.
- Any animated gifs will be at a slow rate (1/2 sec. per change).
The design team uses responsive design templates for consistency of pages.
- UK HealthCare uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for styles. No CSS document will contain the use of !important declarations, allowing for the proper use of user defined style sheets.
- UK HealthCare uses graphics sparingly to strive for a less than 10 second download time.
UK HealthCare has provided links and pointers to Internet sites maintained by third parties. Neither UK HealthCare, UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, the Information Technology department (IT) nor University of Kentucky operate or control in any respect any information, products or services on these third-party sites. The materials in this site and the third-party sites are provided "as is" and without warranties of any kind either express or implied. To the fullest extent permissible pursuant to applicable law, UK HealthCare disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.
UK HealthCare does not warrant that the functions contained in the materials will be uninterrupted or error-free, that defects will be corrected, or that this site, including forums and blogs, or the server that makes it available, are free of viruses or other harmful components. UK HealthCare does not warrant or make any representations regarding the use or the results of the use of the materials in this site or in third-party sites in terms of their correctness, accuracy, timeliness, reliability or otherwise.
This site is owned and operated by the University of Kentucky, and contains material which is derived in whole or in part from material supplied by the UK HealthCare Marketing Department, University staff, UK Public Relations, UKHC-ITS, University of Kentucky and other sources, and is protected by international copyright and trademark laws. You may not modify, copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post, transmit or distribute in any way any material from this site including code and software. You may download material from this site for your personal, non-commercial use only, provided you keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices.
If you have any questions about our accessibility policy, or can offer ways to improve this site, please e-mail the UK HealthCare Web Team.