PLANNING FOR ACCESSIBILITY
Our team adheres to guidelines set forth in the following compliance standards: W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, the U.S. government’s Rehabilitation Act, Section 508, and Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) legislation. Project planning includes developing an approach to handling accessibility requirements that varies based on the type of client organization involved. For organizations committed to providing best-in-class accessibility, the current benchmark is to meet WCAG 2.0 Level A accessibility standards as of January 1, 2014, and Level AA as of January 1, 2021.
Planning for accessibility includes many overlapping functional components of a website:
- Information architecture – provide context and access to content presented in different ways and ensure that navigation is clear and clearly labelled
- Human-computer interaction – allow for keyboard control of site navigation and forms and “skip the content” hot keys to allow users one-key access to specific content and/or navigation elements
- Site design and layout – ensure that content is presented in an accessible manner, foregrounded content is separated from its background and the Document Object Model (DOM) follows best practices
- Content management workflows – design workflows to accommodate the additional effort involved in maintaining and growing an accessible website, such as ensuring that alternatives are provided for all non-text content
WEB ACCESSIBILITY GUIDELINES FOR BUSINESSES IN ONTARIO
As of January 1, 2014, guidelines for website compliance are mandatory, forcing many Ontario-based organizations to ensure their sites are compliant with the new standards or face substantial fines. Find out more about how this will affect public sector, private and non-profit organizations in Ontario or view the AODA Legislation.
We include tools to give users control over key accessibility features, such as the ability to increase text/background contrast or font size. We also work closely with designers to avoid common accessibility issues such as using colours to indicate navigational context, or default font sizes that are too small for a site with a wide audience. We provide easy-to-follow accessibility guidelines for design agencies to keep in mind during the creative process.
Our quality review process includes ensuring that all images have ALT tags, all visual CAPTCHAs have audio alternatives and all videos are captioned. In addition, should the site feature podcasts or video, we make it possible to bind transcripts to the rich content so that users can access the content in text format. Proper DOM structure makes it easy for screen readers to parse textual data and convert it to speech without losing context or meaning.
Depending on the devices covered under the required browser-testing grid, Moveable Online tests to ensure that the site’s interactive components are compliant with speech-to-text and other assistive devices that use non-keyboard input methods.
During the development and testing phase, our teams use assistive emulation through the use of tools such as JAWS, BrowseAloud, PowerMapper and the University of Toronto’s web accessibility checker available at achecker.ca.
REQUEST AN ACCESSIBILITY REVIEW
If you are uncertain whether your organization’s website complies with the required accessibility guidelines, or need help bringing your website up to the required standards, get in touch with us using the form below:
Manager, Business Development
416.532.5690 x 229