ADA Website Compliance - A Brief Overview
What Does ADA Compliance Mean?
To make sure your site is meeting all the ADA regulations, you’ll want to follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0). These guidelines were written by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and are built around a set of 12 guidelines, organized under 4 principles: perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust.
For each guideline, there are testable success criteria, which are organized at three different levels: A, AA, and AAA. It’s up to your business to decide which level of compliance is right for you, but we recommend our clients aim for compliance to at least Level AA.
The Four Principles of ADA Compliance
This principle provides recommendations on how the content of a website should be presented so that it can be consumed and interacted with by all users. This includes providing captions or transcripts for any video content on your site, providing alternate text for images, and ensuring that graphics and text on your site have enough color contrast to be easily seen.
Another component of this principle is that your site shouldn’t use color as the only visual way of communicating information. According to the National Eye Institute, up to 8% of all men and 0.5% of all women are affected by a common form of color blindness—red/green confusion. Therefore, you wouldn’t want your website to use green to indicate success and red to indicate failure without differing symbols or a secondary method to communicate.
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