Section 508 / WCAG 2.0 Level AA Compliance
Section 508 was enacted to provide people with disabilities access to electronic and information technology. WCAG 2.0 provides guidelines to ensure your website content, documents and videos are “accessible”.
You are responsible for creating compliant website content.
For more detailed information please see the Foxbright Compliance page.
Use Headings to Outline Content
To make it easy for the site visitor to find information, use headings to outline the content on the page. Proper user of Headers will allow the visitor to quickly review the content that is on the page to determine if they have found the information they are looking for.
Note: Required for Section 508 Compliance
Scanability - Left Justify Content
To make the page easy to scan - always left justify text and headers. This keeps the eye from jumping back and forth on the page, making it much easier for the reader to absorb the information on the page.
Align Graphics / Photos
If you are adding any visual graphics or photos and there will be more than one, left or right justify all the graphics/photos. If you left justify some, and right justify others, you are breaking the scanability rule making the eye jump back and forth.
Unique & Descriptive Link Names
The Link Text to documents, websites and other pages must be unique and descriptive. The link must make sense completely out of context of the content on the page.
Non Compliant Links
Documents you post on the website are required to be accessible.
MS Office Word has an "Accessibility Checker" tool for docx files
- Select "File"
- Select "Check for Issues"
- From list select "Check Accessibility"
- Provides Instructions on how to fix
Alternative Text for Graphics
Appropriate Alternative Text (Alt attribute) must be provided for images that are not purely decorative.
When do I add "Alternative Text"
- If you link the image
- If the image has text or is an info graphic (food pyramid)
Screen readers "read' alternative text so users can understand the message conveyed by the images on the page.