George Mason Web Site Gets Renovation this Week

Posted: September 23, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

On Thursday, Sept. 26, the George Mason web site will feature a new top page. The page has been redesigned to make the page accessible for all users and to enable a clear understanding of the web content with user-friendly navigation.

In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to include Section 508, which requires government agencies and institutions receiving federal dollars to ensure that all electronic and information technology applications are accessible to individuals with disabilities. As George Mason has become increasingly dependent on the Internet for information and services, it is critical that the web be accessible to everyone.

WebAIM, administered through a grant provided by the Fund for the Improvement of Post-secondary Education and funded by the Department of Education, seeks to assist post-secondary institutions in identifying and solving web accessibility problems. George Mason became a partner with WebAIM in 2001 and has begun to develop a plan for institutional coordination and reform to support web accessibility. The redesign of this page is part of the development plan to support accessibility for all users.

Designed by Electronic Publications in University Relations in conjunction with the Mason Web Team, the new top page can be first seen at the Electronic Publications table at the Information Technology Unit Open House on Wednesday, Sept. 25. The event takes place in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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