The A360 Blog
The hard work in any web accessibility project begins when you receive the results of the audit. Until you know the number and complexity of issues existing on your site, it is difficult to predict how many developers you will need and how long the project will take. Often, the web accessibility remediation occurs in tandem with other, normal website updates and improvements, or even in tandem with a total website redesign and development. More often than not, the remediation is not going to happen in a week, or even a month.
Most websites and apps are geared for business and productivity. However, there are a sizable number of websites and apps that are focused on entertainment and fun. It is just as important that these should also be accessible to all users.
Last week, we took a tour of the Assistive Technology (A.T.) Lab at the MN STAR Program, where people can try out and borrow a wide variety of A.T. We had a great time seeing and learning about new A.T.!
Many people take things for granted. For example, a sighted person can see a red line on a site or an app, but may not think about the fact that a blind user cannot see that red line. When designing apps and services to be accessible, it is important to ensure that the complete service is accessible, not simply the digital properties that comprise this service.
Many websites are large and complicated, and can take weeks to remediate. However, users with disabilities do not have access to the content while the sites are being remediated. Especially if you are being sued, it’s a good idea to put in a stop-gap measure to allow users to access the content right here, right now. This can be a good, cheap way to show the courts and plaintiffs that you are serious about upping your game with regards to accessibility, and can engender a sense of loyalty in your company and/or brand for users with disabilities. Below is a list of five good strategies for allowing users with disabilities to access the content on your website. Keep in mind, these are not replacements for remediating your website; they are simply an extra step that your company can take to make the content accessible right now.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published the latest update to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines – WCAG 2.1. Building off of the existing guidelines and principles found in WCAG 2.0, WCAG 2.1 adds additional guidelines and guidance to improve the accessibility of web content, with particular emphasis on improving accessibility on the web for persons with cognitive or learning disabilities, persons who are low-vision, and for persons with disabilities interacting with content on mobile devices. In this blog post we’ll provide a brief overview of the changes in WCAG 2.1 and point out some important facts about the changes.