Thank you to all those at HighEdWeb Michigan 2016 for attending C2's panel discussion on web accessibility. Whether you missed the conference, were at another session, or simply misplaced our takeaway, here are seven free tools your teams can use to being providing a more accessible website starting today:
The C2 Group developed three role-specific web accessibility checklists of best practices for accessible code, content, and design. These checklists are used throughout C2's design and development process, and reflect the most up to date ADA Section 508 and WCAG 2.1 and 2.2 guidelines. Use these checklists to start creating enjoyable and inclusive experiences for all users.
WAVE is a great resource for developers to make web content more accessible. While only human users can determine if content is truly accessible, WAVE can help evaluate the accessibility of a site’s content.
This tool tests whether a combination of colors passes WCAG 2.0 standards for contrast ratios. It accepts common hexadecimal and CSS color definitions, including semitransparent colors and color keywords.
ChromeVox is a screen reader plugin on Google Chrome for users with visual impairments. How well the screen reader can crawl and read a site provides insight into barriers for assistive technologies.
This document outlines the specific guidelines from the WCAG. It also identifies common techniques and failures when addressing accessibility issues.
This document provides a checklist comparing your site against Section 508 standards. The relevant section of the document is Section 1194.22, “Web-based Internet information and applications.”
The C2 Group discussed web accessibility, including ADA Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 compliance, its importance, and how ensuring an inclusive web experience provides value to your organization.