Google Sites lets you create and share Web pages and link them to each other as a website.
- Before using this app to share student information, you may need to obtain your students’ consent as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
- See Adapting the Consent and Waiver Form for Your Course (restricted to Unity account holders).
- There is no limitation on personal use of Google Sites.
- Overall, Google Sites is a fairly weak platform for creating accessible, standards-based websites.
- Except for the most basic Sites, which will still have some assessibility problems, you will probably be better served to use another Web publishing system.
Text and Images
These can be made moderately accessible in Sites, as long as certain guidelines are followed.
- Through the Sites user interface, you can set heading levels between 2 and 4.
- In the HTML view, you can set heading levels between 1 and 6.
- Some headings in the interface are uneditable; e.g., site name and page name, both set to level 2.
- By default, there is no heading 1 on the page.
- No heading is set in the site navigation block.
Plain Text, Links, Lists
All of these items are accessible in Sites.
- When an image is first inserted into a Sites page, you can add alternative text.
- After an image is inserted, you can edit its alternative text only in the HTML view.
- In the Sites WYSISYG editor, you
- can use tables only for layout.
- cannot add the information needed to make a data table accessible.
- In the HTML view you
- can change td tags to th tags
- can add the caption tag.
- cannot add summary, scope, id, or header attributes.
- Inserted objects (e.g., Google Document, a Google Calendar, YouTube video) will have the same accessibility level within Sites as they would outside of Sites.
- For most of these objects, there will be significant accessibility problems in Sites.
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