A website compliant with ADA-related digital accessibility requirements does more than just help you eliminate risk. It also invites disabled consumers to truly engage with you and benefit from your products and services. The following are the most commonly overlooked items that impact accessibility and ADA compliance. It is in no way a conclusive ADA Compliance website checklist.
Captions and Descriptions for All Videos
Audio descriptions of video scenes make content accessible to people who are blind or have low vision. Text captions for video images make sure any video on your site can be accessed by people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Most video hosting, like YouTube, will allow you to upload custom captions.
Alt Text for All Images
Assistive technologies, like screen readers or Braille displays, can’t read pictures. Providing text for each image on your site will allow someone using these technologies to understand exactly what the image is or its purpose. Often times, ALT text is either ignored or treated as a variable for SEO optimization.
Limit PDF Usage
It’s tricky to make all PDFs accessible to everyone. Instead, provide information on your site as text on an HTML page instead of linking to a PDF. Consider this blog post. It mimics all the content that is available in the downloadable PDF at the bottom of the page. However, a screen reader would be unable to translate the PDF but can narrate the contents (including the ALT text) of this page.
Ensure your Site Meets Color Contrast Standards
Those with low vision or color blindness often change a website’s color and fonts so they can read the content. Tag your site’s colors in the HTML so assistive technology will know what to adjust.
Include Keyboard Navigation
Ensure that every interactive element is accessible when someone is navigating with their keyboard or using other assistive technologies that imitate keyboard functionality. Don’t forget to include visual and hover states too (like the tags or social media icons located at the bottom of this page).
Go Light on Content that Blinks, Flashes, or Distracts
If you have to include this type of content, make sure users can pause or stop the distracting feature.
Incorporate Proper Form Markup
This will guarantee that assistive technologies can complete your site’s forms. Include a proper label for every form field, as well as text that denotes which fields are required.
Want a Hard Copy of the ADA Compliance Checklist?
Here is a PDF version of this blog post that you can print out and use to audit any page or blog post you create.
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