Section 508 and WCAG Compliance

If you are interested by web accessibility, the Web Accessibility Initiative Guidelines (WCAG) and section 508, you are at the right place! We’re proud to say that we develop websites that respects WCAG and section 508 standards.

Why is Web accessibility so important? 

First, it is important to build an accessible website for the user experience: It removes barriers that prevent access to websites by people with disabilities. When sites are correctly designed and developed all users have equal access to information and functionality. And, it is also good for your website SEO. 

What is WCAG? 

The Web Accessibility Initiative Guidelines (WCAG) was formed by (W3C) in order to bring accessibility considerations into the technology development of the Web Consortium and to determine guidelines for accessible technology including web authoring and user agents (browsers).

"The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect." - Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Web, and the Director of the W3C

The guidelines are organized into check lists, the checkpoints are categorized as Priorities.

Priority 1: A Web content developer must satisfy this checkpoint. Otherwise, one or more groups will find it impossible to access information in the document. Satisfying this checkpoint is a basic requirement for some groups to be able to use Web documents.

Priority 2: A Web content developer should satisfy this checkpoint. Otherwise, one or more groups will find it difficult to access information in the document. Satisfying this checkpoint will remove significant barriers to accessing Web documents.

Priority 3: A Web content developer may address this checkpoint. Otherwise, one or more groups will find it somewhat difficult to access information in the document. Satisfying this checkpoint will improve access to Web documents.

What is section 508 standards?

"Section 508" refers specifically to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

These Standards apply to electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by federal agencies. The accessibility standards of Section 508 apply to Federal agencies purchasing electronic and information technology.

The standards address:
- Software applications and operating systems
- Web-based intranet and internet information and applications
- Telecommunications products
- Video or multimedia products
- Self-contained closed products such as copiers
- Desktop and portable computers

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