Adherence to web standards helps ensure better interoperability and compatibility between web applications and services. Furthermore, web standards increase efficiency by reducing conversion and update time, particularly when moving data between various systems. Web Services always encourages and supports web standards in the websites and applications at Appalachian State University.


Appalachian State University is dedicated to providing the best web experience possible to all users. We are currently in the process of updating web pages that do not conform to Section 508, for accessibility for users with disabilities. Please keep in mind that this effort is an ongoing process and that some pages you encounter may not be accessible. If you find a page which is not compliant, please let us know.

Legal requirements

Appalachian State University is required by Federal law to provide access to its programs and services to all qualified individuals. A U.S. Department of Justice Policy Ruling on September 9, 1996 confirmed that the ADA applies to Internet web pages. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, established federally recognized standards on web accessibility.

These laws prevent state instutions from constructing buildings with no wheelchair access, and similarly, they require universities to create websites that are accessible to people who use assistive technology (e.g., screen readers or alternative input devices) to navigate the internet. 

According to Section 508, any web pages hosted by a state or federally funded institution must be in compliance with the law.

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Site audits and maintenance

All official university websites should adhere to brand and identity guidelines.

Users who plan to build a new site, substantially change an existing site, or purchase web-based services from an external vendor are encouraged to contact early in the process for guidance on compliance and the site review process.