Back in January 2018 in the States, the ADA came out with accessibility guidelines for website design, and the lawsuits began almost immediately.
I’m not sure anyone can be 100% compliant, but there are steps you can take in case one day you need to prove you’ve done all you could to be in compliance.
Here are some basic steps:
- Review the Website Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0). Warning they are long and confusing.
- Run an audit of your website with either Chrome’s Wave Tool or Userway’s inspect tool. Warning you will get completely different reports. With the Wave Tool, I had seven errors, but with Userway’s I had sixty-four.
- Header tags are really important for people who have to use device readers. They must be used in order, i.e., h1, h2, etc. This is something I have to correct on my own website.
- Make sure all images have descriptive alt tags.
- 14 point type using #999999 will get a website flagged. Also if you are using abbreviations or acronyms like CIA, you should include periods between the letters.
With lawsuits increasing dramatically over the years, everyone needs to make sure their and their client’s websites are ADA complaint.