IBM is committed to making our Web site broadly accessible, including to users with disabilities or impairments that occur with aging. For guidance, we look to the accessibility best practices and standards defined by Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) of the World Wide Web Consortium Web Accessibility Initiative (W3C WAI).
Since 1999, IBM has been working to improve the accessibility of our site. Our processes require new pages to meet a set of accessibility requirements which include:
- Providing aids to navigation for screen reader users such as:
- WAI-ARIA landmarks for application, banner, navigation, search, complementary, contentinfo, document, form, and region sections of the page
- an invisible link which allows the users to skip navigation links in order to get quickly to the main content of the page
- proper markup for identifying the page title (i.e. an <h1> element)
- Providing WAI-ARIA attributes, roles, states, and properties
- Providing text equivalents for images and image map hot spots
- Providing null text equivalents on decorative images
- Identifying row and column headers for data tables
- Programmatically associating labels with form fields
- Using valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional markup language
- Supporting browser settings for enlarging text and user style sheets
- Using consistent navigation mechanisms and style of presentation throughout the site
- Keyboard navigation of web pages
- Identifying the primary natural language of each page
- Accessible HTML alternative versions of Flash content
Accessibility testing using automated tools and manual procedures is performed on new content management applications. Our publicly available pages on ibm.com are monitored regularly using automated tools.
We strive to make our Web sites accessible and continuously work on accessibility improvements. If you encounter an accessibility problem while accessing an IBM Web site, please contact us about that problem using the Contact link on the affected page.
Note: IBM is not responsible for the accessibility of third party sites which may be linked from our site.
Last updated, September 26, 2012