Our Commitment to Accessibility

At Western Washington University, everyone should be able to learn, work, 和 Make Waves. We do our part each day by making our digital content accessible 适用于所有用户. Accessibility means Western websites, 媒体, 文档, 和 other applications are usable to everyone, including people with disabilities.

Making accessible content ensures equal access to education, the services we provide, 最重要的是, the Western experience.


Western continues to work towards Web Content 可访问性指南lines (WCAG) 2.2 AA级一致性. 的se guidelines are outlined in the policy 1600.07 Ensuring Accessible Electronic Information Technology.

Additional accessibility considerations

Although our goal is WCAG 2.2 Level AA conformance, we have also applied some Level AAA Success Criteria. 例子包括:

  • Some pages use breadcrumb navigation to assist with site navigation, 和 indicates the user’s current location within the navigation.
  • Our Drupal, WordPress, 和 Campusweb platforms use l和marks to indicate major sections of our pages.
  • Line heights 和 font sizes on most pages are not fixed, so they should be readable at 200% font size 和 above.
  • Controls like buttons 和 links in the theme have adequate touch target size, measuring 44 by 44 pixels or larger. Some patterns in our library also meet this height requirement, 比如样式链接, 图像按钮, 带有文本链接的图标, 互动卡片.
  • 的 main Western web theme continues to refine support for users' display preferences, such as using 窗户 High Contrast Mode.
  • Text alignment adheres to best practices, such as not being justified.

Current 和 Ongoing Efforts

  • 采用一种 web accessibility engineerdigital technologies accessibility coordinator.
  • 的 Information Technology Accessibility Committee (ITAC) meets monthly 和 includes key staff 和 faculty across Western's departments.
  • 所有的网络编辑 accessibility training before editing websites.
  • We develop 和 maintain accessibility guides in our Br和 和 Communication Guide.
    • Current e邮件, imagery, social 媒体, 和 video guides include accessibility info.
    • 可访问性指南 specifically highlights best practices for web accessibility.
  • Western's main web theme, Ashlar, is designed to be as accessible from the ground up 和 meet WCAG 2.1 at Level AA at its base components.
    • We continually test for accessibility 和 improvement in our theme 和 components.
    • 的 testing engine included with the theme checks for issues before changes are proposed.
    • Leveraging our theme allows for the rapid creation of websites that are accessible 和 mobile-first.

Technical specifications

Western's websites are developed to work in various operating systems 和 browsers. 的 following lists contain the most common systems, but not all.

Supported Operating Systems

  • 窗户
  • Mac
  • iOS和ipad
  • 安卓


  • 火狐
  • 边缘
  • Safari


Western's Ashlar-based websites are also designed to work regardless of user preferences such as:

  • different display modes like high contrast or color filters,
  • magnification 和 zoom, 和
  • 浏览器文本大小.

学习如何做到 adjust your browser's display or text size 随你的便.

Note about Internet Explorer

Western's web platforms no longer develop for Internet Explorer. This is because its usage is less than 1% of our total users, 和 it's no longer recommended for use by Microsoft.

To get the most predictable functionality, we recommend using one of the browsers previously listed under "Technical Specifications," or a modern browser of your preference.


To 报告 an accessibility barrier to the Bias Response team, please fill out the Bias 和 Discrimination 报告ing form. You can also 报告 barriers, or ask questions, by e邮件 or 电话.