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Why Accessible Websites Matter
The Department of Justice (DoJ) entered into settlements with 14 cities and counties in 2015 alone. On a comparative basis, there were only five settlements in 2013 and none in 2014.
The DoJ settlements state that websites and web services must become compliant with the accessibility standards known as WCAG 2.0, and that they must adopt policies and procedures to develop accessibility readiness and to maintain accessibility for all current and future content on their websites.
"Website accessibility is a top priority for Rancho Cordova. In the beginning, we knew what the federal requirements were but didn’t know how to meet them, so we partnered with Vision and others to make it happen. Vision went above and beyond by walking us through the process and allocating resources to make sure Rancho Cordova was on the cutting edge of accessibility. It’s an ongoing learning process, but we couldn’t have asked for a better partner!"
- Ashley Downton, Communications Specialist
visionLive™ Lays the Foundation for Accessibility Compliance
Creating and maintaining an accessible website requires both technology and the know-how to leverage the technology effectively. The visionLive CMS enables customers to comply with WCAG 2.0’s stringent AA requirements. Specific features built into the CMS include:
- Mouse-free navigation
- Required alt-tags
- Form field labels
- Responsive layout
Content Strategy Helps You Create Accessible Content
Beyond technology, compliance with some accessibility requirements depends on how you write and present content. Vision’s Content Strategy experts can guide you in creating effective copy and governance standards that empower you to stay in compliance long past your website launch.
Resources to Keep You Up-to-Date
Whether you’re just getting started or looking to brush up, we’ve got great resources to keep you up-to-date. Download our Best Practices Checklist for Digital Accessibility and check out these posts: