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ADA Compliance in Orlando
ADA compliance is getting more and more in demand of any business- regardless of size or type. Historically it was only federal agencies that had to be designed with all people’s experience in mind. Here are the four principles to be taken into account in regards to ADA on a website.
The four principles involved are that websites must be perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust, or POUR. Within each principle are guidelines, and within each guideline are techniques and failure examples.
Here’s a list directly from W3C and WAI:
Provide text alternatives for non-text content.
Provide captions and other alternatives for multimedia.
Create content that can be presented in different ways,
including by assistive technologies, without losing meaning.
Make it easier for users to see and hear content.
Make all functionality available from a keyboard.
Give users enough time to read and use content.
Do not use content that causes seizures.
Help users navigate and find content.
Make text readable and understandable.
Make content appear and operate in predictable ways.
Help users avoid and correct mistakes.
Maximize compatibility with current and future user tools.
There are three levels of conformance with WCAG 2.0: A, AA, and AAA.
Level A conformity isn’t difficult, but it also provides the least benefit to impaired users. The focus of this level is making it easier for browser readers to navigate and translate the site. While this is an improvement for many websites, it doesn’t make a site as accessible as the DOJ would like it to be.
Level AA is a little more significant, and makes sites accessible to people with a wider range of disabilities, including the most common barriers to use. It won’t impact the look and feel of the site as much as Level AAA compliance, though it does include guidance on color contrast and error identification. Most businesses should be aiming for Level AA conformity, and it appears to reflect the level of accessibility the DOJ expects.
WCAG 2.0 Level AA also appears to be roughly equivalent to the standards in Section 508, thought WCAG documentation is more specific and more clearly defined than what’s included in Section 508.
Level AAA is the most demanding level of accessibility compliance, and it will significantly affect the design of the site. However, it also makes a website accessible to the widest range of people with disabilities.
Each WCAG 2.0 principle is a list of guidelines, and under each guideline are compliance standards, with techniques and failure examples at each level.