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ITS Won Two Gold Awards in Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme 2015

We are pleased to report that two websites of ITS won the Gold Awards of the Website Stream in Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme 2015.  They are the Information Technology Services homepage (www.its.hku.hk) and the eLearning Resources site (moodle-support.hku.hk, a website providing eLearning resources, including Moodle and Panopto, for University staff and students). 

The Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme is co-organized by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) and the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC). The objective of the scheme is to encourage local enterprises and organizations to adopt accessibility design in their websites and mobile apps, and also recognize the efforts and accomplishments of organizations that have adopted accessibility design in their websites and mobile apps.

This year, HKU has won a total of 13 awards of the scheme.  Please check out the University’s announcement at http://www.hku.hk/press/news_detail_12598.html.

HKU receives the highest number of awards among all the universities in Hong Kong
(Courtesy of Communications and Public Affairs Office)

HKU receives the highest number of awards among all the universities in Hong Kong

Certificates of Gold Award Received by ITS in 2015

Certificates of Gold Award Received by ITS

About Web Accessibility

Web Accessibility refers to the practice of making websites usable by people of all abilities and disabilities so that they can read, navigate, and contribute on the web. An inaccessible website could be a kind of disability discrimination and could be considered as an unlawful act under the Disability Discrimination Ordinance.

Judging Criteria of the Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme

There are 24 judging criteria of the Gold Award in the Scheme and some items were highlighted below-

Provide meaningful text alternative for non-text contents

All non-text contents, such as icons, photos, pictures, images, banners and maps that are presented to users have a text alternative that provides a meaningful description.

Make website content easy to be used with assistive technologies

Use heading mark-up (h1..h6) to identify headings in the content. Heading mark-up allows assistive technologies to present the heading status of text to users.

Make website structure in a consistent navigation mechanism

Navigational mechanisms that are repeated on multiple webpages within a set of webpages occur in the corresponding relative order each time they are repeated, unless a change is initiated by the user.

Make website content in meaningful sequence

If webpage content needs to be read in a certain order to make sense, webpage shall be written/coded in a way which indicates this order. Webpage, especially web form, shall be coded in a logical manner when read by assistive technologies.

Build webpages with user-initiated auto-updating

If there is any moving information that starts automatically and lasts more than five seconds, there shall be a mechanism for users to pause, stop or hide it.

Colour Contrast

Users can choose to read a “High Contrast” version by selecting the option on the top of the webpage. This provides better contrast between the text and its background, so that it can be more easily read by those with moderately-low vision.

Promoting Web Accessibility in the University

In the past year, ITS has been promoting website accessibility through seminars to University members to raise their awareness on this important subject.  An overview of the concept of web accessibility, essential elements in designing accessible websites and techniques to achieve the common accessibility requirements are covered in these seminars.  Please stay tune with us on the latest training schedule.

Reference Materials

How to develop an accessible website?

5 testing techniques for web accessibility

In case you wish to know more about the techniques in building a web accessible website, please feel free to contact the undersigned.  We would be happy to share our experience with departments on this.


Victor Chan
User Services Team
Tel: 3917 5303
Email: chvchan@hku.hk