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In accordance with the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), websites are required to follow user protocols to address any challenges those with disabilities may have when browsing site.
We have developed a series of guidelines that have helped us build highly-accessible websites, avoiding penalties incurred from the ADA. Pioneering innovative incorporations of features that dissolve challenges that may affect the way users with disabilities use and enjoy web experiences.
Audio content must have captions to accommodate hearing disabilities.
The contrast ratio of text and pictures of text must be 4.5:1.
Text that can be used in place of images should always be implemented when possible.
Use headings and labels to describe topics and purpose of web components.
The languages used in the website’s content must be determinable by the user’s browser. Foreign, technical, surrounding, and indeterminable language does not apply.
Features and components that are functionally consistent must also be identified consistently.
The user’s sensitive data transactions must be secure and reversible, with the opportunity to verify their data before submission.
For prerecorded video content, extended gaps with audio descriptions must be provided to compensate for the lack of a pause feature or proper gaps.
In place of live-audio, users must have access to equivalent information.
For audio content that contains speech (not CAPTCHA), must be without background sounds, be provided the option to turned off, or maintain 20 dB lower than the prerecorded audio.
Each content block must not exceed a width of 80 characters or glyph. Additionally, the text should not be justified.
Without the use of assistive technologies, the user must be able to resize text up to 200 percent and without the need to scroll horizontally to read a line.
Page functions should be accessible through a keyboard without the need for timed keystrokes.
If a session expires, the reauthentication process must ensure no loss of data as users resume their activity.
For content, sections need to have headings to organize and differentiate sections.
Abbreviated terms must have a mechanism for the user to learn their meaning.
Providing an option for users to learn the proper pronunciation of words when the user is unable to distinguish the particular term.
Leveling the ease for different scenario-based users.
Being able to make changes to navigational steps, selections, and submissions of information is a forgiving requirement to ease the user’s concern of irreversible errors.
Prerecorded video content must have audio descriptions.
Users must have the ability to resize text up to 200% without the use of assistive technology and the loss functionality or access to content.
The user should have multiple ways to access web pages.
The keyboard focus indicator must be visible on all interfaces, at all times.
The navigational tools within the website must be consistently and uniformly applied throughout.
When the user makes an error during input, they should be provided with recommendations when they are clearly defined.
Sign language interpretation is required for all prerecorded audio content.
For all media, alternatives to prerecorded video and audio content must be available to the user.
The ratio for text content and images of text must maintain a 7:1. Large-scale versions of both are subject to a 4:5:1. Text related to the logo, user interface, and design solely have no minimum requirements.
Users should be offered the ability to choose select foreground and background colors.
The line spacing must be set at 1.5 spacing within paragraphs. Paragraph spacing must be at minimum 1.5 times larger than the line spacing.
Images of text should only be applied for aesthetic reasons or supplementary purposes to the information at hand.
Users should be able to defer interruptions, with exception to emergencies.
The use of visual content that contains flashes must have stay within a rate of three flashes per second.
The user must be informed of their location within a set amount of pages.
There should be a feature to define terms and expressions users may not understand.
The interface must provide supplemental information when the presented content is more advanced than lower secondary education.
Giving the user the ability to make changes or be provided options to revert changes are required design features.