What is WCAG 2.1?

Currently, the Americans with Disabilities Act Website Accessibility guidelines are not very clear.  As a result, the courts are recognizing the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 as the standard used to determine if a website is compliant.  The four principles of the WCAG 2.1 are as follows:

Perceivable

Are all components visible to all the senses? Your website content must be adaptable for people with disabilities. In other words, your website’s content must be able to be presented in different ways to accommodate those with disabilities without losing information or structure. Options include alt-text, captions, color contrast, text spacing, background audio and more.

Operable

Can anyone, regardless of their disability, navigate your website? Keyboard accessibility, such as using the TAB and ENTER key to navigate through the site, is key for this principle. Users must also have enough time to scroll through and read the content.

Other operable criteria include having an option other than using only a mouse to navigate, no flashing animations or lights, having headings, labels and titles.

Understandable

Can everyone understand what’s being displayed? High reading level copy, unusual words, slang and abbreviations can stop the text from being understandable. Having copy that is written at the seventh-grade level is essential for some people to be able to read your website.

Having an understandable website includes having web pages that operate in predictable ways, consistency in layout, and having labels or instructions provided when content requires user input. As an additional benefit, having software that gives users definitions of unknown words if needed is very useful for this principle.

Robust

Can your website content be interpreted by a wide variety of assistive technologies? Screen-reading technology is a common way for blind people to surf the internet. If your website cannot connect to ever-evolving technology, then you are not meeting the WCAG 2.1.

Other assistive technologies include screen magnifiers, text-to-speech software, speech recognition software, alternative keyboards and alternative pointing devices.

How to Make Your Website Meet These Four Principles

AvenueADA offers software that will make your website compliant with the WCAG 2.1. Installed quickly, our software meets all four principles of the WCAG 2.1 to make your website ADA compliant. Contact us today!