Perhaps you have heard already, The ADA is responsible for making sure Americans with disabilities may navigate, understand and use websites with ease despite disabilities. Avoiding such guidelines can be costly. Here are 7 steps you can make to help.
Do you have one of our sites? Is it built on WordPress? Well, you don’t have a ton to worry about. However, you or we can add this plugin to be safe! Also, be sure to read the following tips regardlessly.
2. Graphics & Images
This is very important. Do not have a flash take place on your website more than three times per second. Why? Seizures. Graphics also need a description/caption that can be read aloud to the visually impaired. All images get an alt-text in your code. Alt-text allows readers to describe your images audibly.
Choose fonts that are easy to read. The contrast between font and the background should be very easy to read. This comes down to just good design practices in general. Don’t make it hard for those is disabilities or not. Stick to light backgrounds with dark, as much as possible.
4. Logical Design & Forms
Is the function of your website practical or furthermore, predictable? Do you have a pop-up? Is there an X to close the window? If you can minimize user error, then you’re doing good. Forms that have users input information should contain clear instructions.
5. HTML Tags
Now we get technical. The code should be readable by an assistive reader. Use is of standard HTML tags is important. WordPress is really good with modern code formats. Which helps.
6. Keyboard & Video
You need to be able to navigate the website with just a keyboard. Not all users have a touchscreen or a mouse. Readers should be able to slow down slideshow movements, scrolling, and no videos should autoplay or time-limit. Pausing should be possible via keyboard.
7. Stay Up-to-Date
ADA needs are ongoing. As new tech releases, web design should adjust accordingly. Here is an official ADA checklist. Some of what is required is just good design, the other is technical. If you need help, contact us. Enjoy!