Access to information and electronic technology for persons with disabilities is an essential component of the Texas State University-San Marcos commitment for a barrier free learning environment. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 508 of Workforce Investment Act requires public institutions to provide effective communication through all mediums, including the Internet. The DIR (Department of Information Resources) for the State of Texas has also published "1 TAC §201.12 State Web Sites", concerning standards for State Web Sites, in the Texas Register.
Web pages need to be validated in order to ensure they meet the minimum requirements for university accessibility.
This validation tool checks web pages for conformance with HTML standard. By ensuring compliance with HTML it ensures that browsers read and display web pages as intended and allows assistive technology products to correctly interpret a web site.
After a web site has met a validation tool it is important to ask others for feedback. It is also important to periodically recheck the site for compliance when changes are made.