5 Key tips for making your site 508 compliant
As web designers our main objective is that our site reaches a majority of our audience. That our end product will be usable and attractive to all, that is why it is a very smart choice to make any website 508 compliant.
508 compliance means that sites are required to be accessible to all, with this the visually impaired, colorblind, elderly, or maybe some with old hardware and software can still manage to experience and navigate a website fully.
So here are some quick and simple tips any web designer should take into consideration when creating their site.
1. Keep it simple and organized.
Try to keep navigation simple. All text should be well written, edited correctly, and easy to understand. Because if a site is confusing it no one can really use it; therefore, beating the site’s objective. Also when a site is organized, and the correct tabs are added, getting around the site is easier for those who cannot point and click.
2. Use text as links.
This is highly recommended since it is easy for screen readers to read text. Also, text is also adjustable and can cater to anyone; it is also faster to load for those with older machines.
3. Contrast is the key.
For some who are colorblind contrast is the key for a site’s success. If shades are similar it is simply impossible to read.
4. Use alt tags.
If images are used around the site or maybe graphics added for navigation purposes, alt tags must be added throughout the site, this way screen readers are still able to convey the message to the user.
5. When possible use CSS.
As designers it is our nature to make our website look good. By using CSS we can still hold some power on how our site will look but without compromising accessibility. Since tables and graphics can become for screen readers to decipher, CSS can still make your site attractive.
These are just some quick and simple suggestions. For further information visit https://www.section508.gov/.