Is your website accessible to all? That is - can any user access the information on your site? Does that include disabled users, older users, and those using assistive technologies? Tools like clear user experience, accessible web design, bright color contrasts, and alternative text can reduce accessibility barriers.
Accessibility Legislation and Recommendations
The Americans with Disability Act, Section 508 "requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities, including employees and members of the public."
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are the guiding principles for accessibility. WCAG 2.0 was published in 2008 outlining twelve principles for accessibility. An addition WCAG 2.1 adds on to the recommendation. It was "initiated with the goal to improve accessibility guidance for three major groups: users with cognitive or learning disabilities, users with low vision, and users with disabilities on mobile devices."
Risk of Non-Compliance to ADA Requirements
New standards (and lawsuits) on web accessibility require that businesses know how their site stacks up. Web accessibility focuses on inclusivity and removing barriers for people with disabilities that might prevent their interactions with or access to websites and mobile applications. Although the law requires organizations to comply with certain accessibility practices, many sites aren’t accessible today.
As lawsuits increase for being in violation of the ADA law, businesses look to make these changes.There are many benefits to increasing accessibility. In addition to social and ethical values, there are business reasons. More accessible websites have better results on search engines, better web page performance, and increased revenue. Learn more here.
Does your eCommerce site comply with accessibility standards? If you'd like to better understand you're website's compliance, we are here to help. You can request a heuristics-based accessibility evaluation to find out. We will conduct a full site audit and provide actionable solutions to meet WCAG requirements.
Does your eCommerce site comply with accessibility standards?
If you'd like to better understand you're website's compliance, we are here to help. You can request a heuristics-based accessibility evaluation to find out. We will conduct a full site audit and provide actionable solutions to meet WCAG requirements.