Linking and Navigation

Ensure that hyperlinks clearly indicate the destination page.
Checkpoint_1
Aim to provide all link text in the main page content (other than obvious navigation features such as a navigation bar) in one consistent colour scheme.
Checkpoint 2
Avoid providing active hyperlinks that lead to the current page.
Checkpoint 3
Make sure that every page has a clear and obvious link to the Oxford University Home page (e.g. the University crest), including a link to the Home page at the bottom of pages.
Checkpoint 4
Optimise page browsing for users of browsers that linearise content (including non-graphical browsers and text-to-speech browsing set-ups).
Checkpoint 5
Provide features to ease site navigation.
Checkpoint 6
Ensure that form navigation and operation is optimally usable and accessible.
Checkpoint 7
Images

Provide equivalent alternative text for all images and image maps, through use of the alt attribute of the <img> element.
Checkpoint 8
Avoid where possible using images of text when appropriately marked up text would be sufficient.
Checkpoint 9
HTML / Markup

Ensure that all pages validate as far as possible to an HTML standard as set out by the W3C.
Checkpoint_10
Continue to use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to control appearance, and if possible to control positioning and layout.
Checkpoint 11
Use appropriate structural HTML elements, such as headers and lists, to summarise page structure.
Checkpoint 12
Provide metadata for each page of the site, and ensure that it accurately reflects the information.
Checkpoint 13
Ensure that for all tables containing data, table row headers and column headers are identified in HTML, and provide summaries for data tables and headers using the appropriate HTML elements and attributes.
Checkpoint 14
If possible, avoid using frames to control site layout.
Checkpoint 15
Avoid where possible relying on JavaScript as the only way to present information and functionality.
Checkpoint 16
Provide each page with a title that is unique, and an accurate and succinct indication of the content of the page.
Checkpoint 17
Avoid automatically redisplaying pages, redirecting pages and dynamically changing pages without at least warning users as to this behaviour
Checkpoint 18
Text and display guidelines

Ensure sufficient contrast between text colour and background or image
Checkpoint 19
Avoid spelling and typographic errors that may affect the quality of text-to-speech output of the site content.
Checkpoint 20
Expand acronyms where first used.
Checkpoint 21
Ensure where possible that every page can be viewed suitably at various resolutions.
Checkpoint 22
Site maintenance

Provide an accessibility statement for the Oxford University site linked, as far as possible, from every other page
Checkpoint 23
Provide a clearly labelled site map, and ensure that every page can be accessed from this page.
Checkpoint 24
Provide a custom "Error 404 - Page not found" page, for occassions when users navigate to a page which does no exist.
Checkpoint 25
These checkpoints are taken from the DMAG audit reports of the Oxford University website

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