If you are a person who has no idea about the term ADA compliance: it stands for ‘Americans with Disabilities Act’. Just like any other legal Act, it is also a set of guidelines or regulations that help physically limited users!
The Act was passed in 1990 and long before e-commerce was just a part of everyday life. Website compliance is imperative to avoid a government action or lawsuit. It is also important to offer an equal opportunity for everyone to enjoy offered goods/services if they have a disability or not.
In this post, we will discuss useful insight on ADA compliance website checklist. This will help you easily navigate through basic ADA regulations.
The law holds a wider scope and is applicable to:
To a lot of us, accessing a website is second nature. However, there are some people with physical disability and for them, it becomes challenging (in a few cases) to access the services and tools offered by a different website.
Thus in order to keep the website and its services accessible to everyone, ADA standards regulations are developed and required to adhere while developing a website.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) explains itself as the international community where a full-time staff, public, and Member organization work together in order to develop Web standards.
The standards or guidelines are further broken down by using four major principles:
Under each of these principles are some guidelines which offer certain goals towards which a website is supposed to work. Under each of these guidelines are testable success criteria, graded as A, AA, or AAA.
These grades indicate the conformity level of accessibility. For instance, AAA is considered as the highest.
Indeed, the law requires A and AA guidelines to be fulfilled only. However, what is highly important to comprehend in such guidelines are all the principles and how these principles apply to a website.
User interface and information components should be presentable to all users in ways that are perceivable. This principle makes sure that all the content is available to view in different or multiple forms. Also, it is easy to hear and see regardless of any disability.
Some of the examples include:
User interface navigation and components must be operable. This principle makes sure that the user can simply navigate the website and without running into restricted or limited functionality or even time limits.
Some of the examples include:
The operation and information of the user interface should be understandable. The principle makes sure that all WebPages are predictable, readable and have the tendency to rectify user mistake.
Some of the examples include:
Content needs to be robust enough so that it could be interpreted most reliably and by a wide range of user agents. This may include assistive technologies. This principle makes sure the compatibility between, all current as well as future technologies and your website, should help anyone who uses them.
Some of the examples include:
The HTML documents should contain start and end tags and must not contain duplicate attributes
For this, talk to your website developer to ascertain how they accommodate the upcoming regulatory changes of 2018. Even if you are planning on a complete website redesign, go with a service provider that truly understand the significance of such compliance standards and understand how to meet these guidelines, accurately.
The guidelines of WCAG 2.0 are exclusively developed in order to direct the owners of non-compliant websites to fully transform their websites without having any difficulty.
In total, there are 3 distinctive confirmation levels and success criteria:
While it is not the most difficult compliance, it offers the least benefit to disabled users. The prime focus of this compliance level is to make it easier for reading on multiple browsers and also to translate and navigate the website.
While it seems like an improvement for a lot of websites, it not really makes a website as much access as the DOJ like it to be.
Level A comprises of this website accessibility guidelines:
Level AA Compliance
This compliance level is a little bit more important and makes the website quite accessible to individuals with a wider variety of disabilities. This may include all the common barrier s to use.
It will not affect the feel or look of the website as much as the compliance level AAA does. But it includes guidance of error identification and on color contrast.
Most of the businesses are required to aim for level AA conformity sine this compliance level is expected to fully reflect the accessibility level expected by the DOJ.
WCAG 2.0 – level AA – seems to be roughly equivalent to the section 508 standards, even though WCAG documentation is particularly specific and more explicitly defined than information included in 508 sections.
Level AAA comprises on the following guidelines:
This is one of the most demanding compliance levels of accessibility. It significantly impacts on the website design. However, it also makes your website accessible to a wide variety of people having disabilities.
As stated earlier, each WCAG 2.0 principle has a list of guidelines. Each of these guidelines contains compliance standards with failure examples and techniques at each level. Some of these include items of level A, others include items related to multiple compliance levels. In this manner, different websites include basic elements at multiple and different accessibility levels.
Level AAA compliance contains the following guidelines:
The provided list also contains some other principles regarding different aspects of a website that each developer must take into account while designing a website.
For most of the businesses, the ADA web compliance means that they must make a few adjustments to all of the online marketing strategies. If your web designer used responsive web design while creating the online marketing strategies, for instance for your hotel website, you must have already met several ADA compliant regulations.
But the need to make changes with time is inevitable. So the best way to ensure staying ADA compliant is to find the right web developers’ services. Ask them how their development workflow caters accessibility and go with experienced service providers which have all the right tools that check the accessibility of a website.
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