Understanding ADA Compliance for Websites

Most people are at least vaguely familiar with some of the rules and regulations set out in the Americans With Disabilities Act. What you may not realize, however, is that many courts have interpreted ADA guidelines as applying to websites and other electronic media. Here are some considerations for maintaining a fully ADA accessible website.

Increasing Visual Accessibility

Because web pages are, by their nature, visual elements, most of the requirements focus on making them easier to read and navigate for individuals with limited vision. A few of the most basic issues addressed by the law include:

  • Clearly contrasting color combinations
  • Fonts types and sizes that are clear and simple
  • Options for increasing or decreasing font sizes
  • Descriptive text to accompany all images and visual components
  • Downloadable components available in a variety of files to increase compatibility with assistive readers

Keeping Your Website Up To Date

It often takes custom coding to ensure that a website is compliant with ADA standards. This is a time-intensive process that leaves a lot of room for error. Another option is to employ systems that continuously update to maintain ADA compliance. These can help ensure you are up to date without demanding an exorbitant amount of your time and attention.

Websites are standard for businesses today. It is important to keep yours current with ADA guidelines. An integrated compliance monitor can help you achieve that goal.