Thursday, June 14, 2012

10 Things the ADA Requires from Websites

In 1990 the United States Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to ensure “access to employment, state and local government programs and services, access to places of public accommodations, transportation, non-profit service providers and telecommunications” for those with disabilities. Under this law, websites for local and state government must also be ADA-compliant, as they fall under the heading of “public services.” Here are ten of the things that an ADA-compliant website must feature.

  1. Text Equivalents For All Images – With one line of HTML code, assistive technologies for the vision-impaired can provide information about images on the page. This information should include a meaningful description of the image that includes the information that a sighted person would have access to by viewing the image.
  2. Documents Should Have a Text-Based Alternative – Though PDF files are the most popular choice for downloadable documents, all state and local government websites must also include an alternative text-based format, such as HTML or RTF, which are more compatible with assistive technologies. Read more......

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