My Website Accessibility Review

The web conforms to certain guidelines to ensure its usability and accessibility. Two more common of these guidelines are the Section 508 guidelines and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG). According to Jim Thatcher “The legislation referred to as “Section 508″ is actually an amendment to the Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The  amendment was signed into law by President Clinton on August 7, 1998.  Section 508 requires that electronic and  information technology that is developed by or purchased by the Federal Agencies be accessible by people with  disabilities”.My website was created with HTML and CSS. I will be using the HTML section of the Section 508 guidleines to access my website. There are 15 pass/fail criteria for the HTML section.

(a) A text equivalent for every non-text element shall be provided (e.g., via “alt”, “longdesc”, or in element content).

All the images on my website have an alternate text. Unfortunately, most of the alternate text are somewhat verbose. I don’t have a background image. It’s just plain white. My images are purely aesthetic and not functional. I don’t have any audio content, although i have video. My video has captions as it is an embedded YouTube video. -Pass(ish)

(b) Equivalent alternatives for any multimedia presentation shall be synchronized with the presentation.

The videos on my website have audio that is synchronized as well as captions that are synchronized. – Pass

(c) Web pages shall be designed so that all information conveyed with color is also available without color, for example from context or markup.

While color is very much present on my webiste, it is not used solely to convey important information. There is also sufficient contrast. – Pass

(d) Documents shall be organized so they are readable without requiring an associated style sheet.

Absolutely. – Pass

(e) Redundant text links shall be provided for each active region of a server-side image map.

This is not applicable to my webiste.- N/A

(f) Client-side image maps shall be provided instead of server-side image maps except where the regions cannot be defined with an available geometric shape.

This is not applicable to my webiste. – N/A

(g) Row and column headers shall be identified for data tables.

This is not applicable to my webiste. – N/A

(h) Markup shall be used to associate data cells and header cells for data tables that have two or more logical levels of row or column headers.

This is not applicable to my webiste. – N/A

(i) Frames shall be titled with text that facilitates frame identification and navigation.

Yes. My video is embedded and has an iframe attribute. – Pass

(j) Pages shall be designed to avoid causing the screen to flicker with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.

No element on the page flashes at a rate of 2 to 55 cycles per second, thus reducing the risk of optically-induced seizures. – Pass

(k) A text-only page, with equivalent information or functionality, shall be provided to make a web site comply with the provisions of this part, when compliance cannot be accomplished in any other way. The content of the text-only page shall be updated whenever the primary page changes.

-Fail. Although, i must say it’s only text anyway.

(l) When pages utilize scripting languages to display content, or to create interface elements, the information provided by the script shall be identified with functional text that can be read by assistive technology.

This is not applicable to my webiste. – N/A

(m) When a web page requires that an applet, plug-in or other application be present on the client system to interpret page content, the page must provide a link to a plug-in or applet that complies with §1194.21(a) through (l).

This is not applicable to my webiste. – N/A

(n) When electronic forms are designed to be completed on-line, the form shall allow people using assistive technology to access the information, field elements, and functionality required for completion and submission of the form, including all directions and cues.

This is not applicable to my webiste. – N/A

(o) A method shall be provided that permits users to skip repetitive navigation links.

This is not applicable to my webiste. – N/A

(p) When a timed response is required, the user shall be alerted and given sufficient time to indicate more time is required.

This is not applicable to my webiste. – N/A

I would say my website is very accessible. I do need to make my alternate text less verbose though.

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