ADA Compliant Website Design Service
The Department of Justice (DOJ) published The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 in order to deliver better accessibility in public spaces and workplaces. However, did you know that almost 50 million Americans live with a disability? This motivated the growth of better opportunities.
But that was three decades ago.
We all know that providing accommodation in physical places is a must. However, there is a boom in demand for online web accessibility.
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ADA and Your Website: What’s the Importance?
Regarding website design, ADA compliance has become a popular topic for debate. The DOJ has enforced it in a few recent cases.
Any businesses, non-profits, or brands must have an online presence in today’s day and age. If a website owner is not offering an ADA-compliant website design, they miss out on significant opportunities and possibly walk towards a lawsuit.
Not to forget, those website owners who offer human necessities in the form of products, information, or services, from an ethical point of view, can be wildly convinced to accommodate disabled Americans – in comparison to any small-sized business. A few vital examples that come to mind are education, health, law, and financing.
ADA Compliance: How to Go About It?
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) developed the original Web Content Accessibility Guidelines or WCAG in 1995. After that, it followed the WCAG 1.0 in 1999 and the WCAG 2.0 in 2008.
Post 1999, the WCAG 1.0 couldn’t account for the technological advancements and standards of website designing. This was because the WCAG 1.0 was a more simplified version.
On the other hand, The WCAG 2.0 is a more detailed version that makes sure web designers and developers meet the 4 principles of accessibility (Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, and Robust) while also selecting one of 3 degrees of conformance (A, AA, AAA).
The 4 Principles of Accessibility
Copied straight from the online WCAG 2.0 guideline:
1. Perceivable – Information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive.
- This means that users must be able to perceive the information being presented (it can’t be invisible to all of their senses)
2. Operable – User interface components and navigation must be operable.
- This means that users must be able to operate the interface (the interface cannot require interaction that a user cannot perform)
3. Understandable – Information and the operation of user interface must be understandable.
- This means that users must be able to understand the information as well as the operation of the user interface (the content or operation cannot be beyond their understanding)
4. Robust – Content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies.
- This means that users must be able to access the content as technologies advance (as technologies and user agents evolve, the content should remain accessible)
Again, copied straight from the online WCAG 2.0 guideline:
- Level A: For Level A conformance (the minimum level of conformance), the Web page satisfies all the Level A Success Criteria, or a conforming alternate version is provided.
- Level AA: For Level AA conformance, the Web page satisfies all the Level A and Level AA Success Criteria, or a Level AA conforming alternate version is provided.
- Level AAA: For Level AAA conformance, the Web page satisfies all the Level A, Level AA and Level AAA Success Criteria, or a Level AAA conforming alternate version is provided.