Website Architecture Planning | Accessibility Testing

Website Architecture Planning | Accessibility Testing

What Is Section 508 And Who Needs to Be Compliant? January 29, 2019 by Garenne Bigby

What Is Section 508 And Who Needs to Be Compliant?

Section 508 is part of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, which itself is part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. With this, Information and Communications Technology, or ICT, is gathered and filed for people with disabilities to have easy access. They're able to get to this information regardless of whether they're employed with the federal government, making it much simpler for them to find the help they may need. Through this act, agencies are required by law to make such technology, be it online training or even their website fully accessible for anyone to see at any given time. Such cases like a person with disabilities job-hunting or seeking help programs doesn't need to jump over any special hurdles to get to the information they require.

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Web Accessibility and Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Brick and mortar stores are legally required to be accessible. What does accessibility mean? According to state accessibility laws, all individuals with disabilities are ensured different opportunities as those without. The Americans with Disabilities Act forbids discrimination based on infirmities in public employment, accommodations, transportation, commercial facilities, telecommunications, and state and local government. For example, a wheelchair must be able to fit through doorways. It only makes sense for stores to have to accommodate anyone and everyone, but what about the internet?

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Accessibility Testing Best Practices to Follow October 5, 2018 by Garenne Bigby

Accessibility Testing Best Practices to Follow

There are many best practices to follow when it comes to accessibility testing. Making your website accessible to customers—despite any disability they may have—is not only the law, but it is also vital to make sure everyone can access your website. This can benefit your business as it ensures that people will visit your website and potentially be able to buy your product or service despite their limitations.

There are many disabilities that can affect how a person uses a website. For example—if they have incapacities that hinder their vision—it might be difficult for them to see the content on your page unless you are following accessibility best. They may also have difficulty with hearing, which means you have to think about using captions for any videos or audio that you have posted.

On the other hand, there may be those with disabilities that benefit from having audio files as they might be unable to read the text. You will likely need to make accommodations on your webpage due to accommodate accessibility standards. By following these best practices, you put your business in line with competitors who are already making it easy for visitors, despite their limitations, to understand the content on their webpage.

Here is the information you need as well as the best practices to follow to ensure your website is compliant with the accessibility laws that govern the internet.

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International Web Accessibility Laws and Policies October 2, 2018 by Garenne Bigby

International Web Accessibility Laws and Policies

 

In today’s world, it is impossible to avoid use of the Internet. Despite its stark origins and initially-spartan purpose, the World Wide Web has become completely ubiquitous in modern life. Whether for business, for educational purposes, or simply for leisure, almost everyone across the globe uses the Internet, where possible.

That said, a sad fact is that the Internet is not always accessible to everyone. For some, barriers exist that keep them from using online content or resources. These can be physical disabilities or conditions, but they can include economic or cultural factors. To prevent or mitigate this, responsible nations would do well to lay out policies to make web content accessible to all their citizens.

Naturally, concerned parties would have several questions. What criteria are needed to devise such a policy? What countries have such policies to date? What is covered under the existing policy? These are the questions that this article aims to answer.

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Assistive Devices for Impairments in Hearing, Voice, Speech, and Language

Most people take being able to communicate without assistance for granted every day. There are people all over the world who are hearing, voice, speech, and language impaired, and it can be difficult for them to communicate their needs to others without using devices. Some people who are hearing, voice, speech, or language impaired were born with these disabilities and might not know any different. Others might have lost their hearing or ability to communicate due to illnesses, age, or even accidents.

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