Make your Website Compliant to WCAG Standards
Most of the online businesses are trying to integrate the best technical standard for successful website accessibility. The modern website designers usually strive to develop their website pages by following the ADA. However, we know that ADA has not addressed all the web accessibility issues directly. That is why other relevant standards have to be used for making out how the website is accessible to the disabled users. At present, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines has become the best standard.
W3C, one of the international organizations, have developed WCAG standards, which were successfully published with the original version in the year, 1999. We saw the publication of another version, WCAG 2.0, in 2008. There are twelve guidelines, associated with WCAG, and they were grouped under 4 categories, like perceivable, robust, operable and understandable.
You may have developed hybrid applications or a simple static website. All its web pages have to be WCAG compliant. The latest standard, WCAG 2.0 can be categorized into 3 levels of conformance as every success criterion is set up on the basis of the presentation impact. We have now talked about these 3 levels of WCAG.
A– Slight design impact
AA– Average or medium level design impact
AAA– Very high design impact
Color usage- At any website, the visual elements must be something more than color, and these are intended to convey information, indicate action and prompt response.
Contrast- The text to images of text presentation must have a ratio of 4.5:1.
WCAG standards benefitting several users-
WCAG 2.0 standards make your website accessible and usable to all users, who have disabilities.
We know that lots of users have problems, like loss of hearing or limitations in hearing ability. To accommodate this type of users, you have to include the synopsis of audio contents, present on the web page. While these summaries or transcripts aren’t present on the webpage, you have to link it to other relevant source.
The blinds and the users, having low vision or color identification problem, will get benefitted from WCAG. Visual website elements have to be WCAG compliant. We want to say that the content on the web page has to be readable easily to everyone. You may use large font size and the right color at the background. The links must be distinguishable very easily. The font styling mode must not cause a distraction to the readability of the page.
WCAG standards are also helpful to those users, who have loss of vision partially or fully. The website has to present alternative content to the page, which contains video and images. This content becomes comprehensible with special software. Thus, the webpage becomes clear to the users, who cannot view at images.
Other accommodations- Mobility and cognitive
All the users, having mobility issues, have trouble while navigating through web pages. Thus, WCAG rules encourage navigation method that is comprehensible easily. A website should include more than one option to navigate between various pages. The users have to be able to navigate with the use of simply a keyboard. There must not be a time period for clicking on a button or link.
Timing may also cause issues to those, who have cognitive problems. The media, based on time, move very fast, and they cause problems to the users, having reading disability. These users have to get much time for reading the content easily and comfortably.
You may hire the professionals for reliable Web Accessibility Service in India. However, we have given you the best guide and tips for WCAG compliant website.
Keep up the consistency in hyperlink–
Consistency helps in easy identification of the icon, button or link. This increases the confidence of the users on your site. You will get returning visitors to your site. Thus, you have to maintain the uniformity of the button design and the hyperlinks. The hyperlink color must also be consistent. We think that it is better to choose the color, which is not applied on other components of your site.
The forms must have labels–
A website reader is able to identify the fields of any online form, which has an integrated label. The absence of label causes lots of confusion to the website users.
Contrast in color is essential–
The font and background color may affect the level of readability. It is very easy to interpret the black fonts with a white colored background. While the font color is red, it is not good to pick the purple or blue background. Thus, choose the right colors since they cause an effect on the overall comprehensibility.
Structuring the website logically-
You may have disabled the CSS. However, the website elements must have a very coherent flow. For those, who are using the screen reading system, it presents organized information to the users. With the deactivated CSS, the web content has to be stacked rightly.
Sustain the predictability–
There are lots of conventions of a website. You will be able to identify the website and then navigate through it to make it familiar. You must not break all the conventions of the website. Never place major navigation on various site of every page.
Place those webpage elements appropriately, and they will remain consistent on all the pages. You can create the most accessible website.
Another good trick for you is to keep away from the slideshows. However, when you have still used slideshows, you must insert play button or pause button. The visitors will stay on your site for longer time.
Thus, all the business owners have to make sure that their website is conformed to WCAG standards. Use the right technology for developing the web pages.
Contact our Ananyoo team to learn lots of things on WCAG and ADA Compliance for Websites. We are ready to create a website, following these standards. We also present you with a report, which include the details on our website.
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