What is ADA compliance?
Accessibility is a key component of custom website design. Reaching your customers — wherever they are, whichever device they are using and whatever their abilities — makes good business sense. Beyond that, it’s just the right thing to do.
“ADA website compliance” is an umbrella term that encompasses regulations detailed in Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act as well as the Web Accessibility Initiative’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 — the standard for most legislation.
These regulations put forth website accessibility standards, ensuring that people with disabilities can access and engage in online services in the federal government sector. Many people with disabilities adopt assistive technology to help them use computers, such as screen readers and voice-command software. Therefore, bank websites must be designed so that they do not require people to hear, see or use a traditional mouse to access information and perform actions.
ADA compliance website checklist
ADA compliance addresses common problems people with disabilities face while navigating websites. Chief among the tactics we employ when meeting website accessibility standards are the following:
Design for keyboard-only input, especially when it comes to navigation.
- Avoid keyboard traps (a scenario where a person using a keyboard cannot escape an interactive element).
- Make sure all form fields have labels.
- Tag all media, such as images, for screen readers.
- Include descriptions for audio files.
- Use approved contrast levels for text and background colors.
- Use tables only when displaying tabular data and add caption tags.
- Provide enough time to read and act on your content in slideshows, carousels and other dynamic elements.
- Check all pages for validation and parsing errors, including duplicate ID attributes.
Prior to launching a bank website, BrownBoots performs a website scan to confirm that we have satisfied our ADA compliance website checklist.
Ongoing scans should also be part of a quarterly website analytics report to ensure website accessibility standards continue to be met throughout the life of your bank website.
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