Website Accessibility - How to make your Wix Website ADA Compliant
With internet technology being mainstream, making your fully accessible is more important than ever. Complying with web accessibility standards is a legal requirement, but public and private organizations also consider it a social responsibility.
What is ADA Compliance?
The Department of Justice (DOJ) published the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design in September 2010. These standards state that all electronic and information technology must be accessible to people with disabilities.
Who needs to follow the website accessibility requirements?
The ADA standards apply to commercial and public entities that have “places of public accommodation”, which includes the internet.
Your website needs to be ADA compliant if your answer is "yes" to any of the questions below:
Are you a government, state, or local agency?
Does your business benefit the public?
Are you a private employer with 15 or more employees?
Why is ADA important for your website?
ADA compliance is important to avoid a lawsuit or government action, but as a business, you also want consumers to easily access what you offer. The ultimate goal of the ADA is to offer an equal experience to all people and to take away any difficulty for those with disabilities.
Because the ADA does not directly define web accessibility and it’s scope, web designers refer to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). This is a set of international standards that provides specific recommendations on how to make websites accessible.
The WCAG 2.1 guidelines are the latest guidelines that are used to determine if your website is accessible and ADA compliant and which level of conformance it meets. According to these guidelines, website content must be:
Checklist on how to make your Wix website accessible?
We have created a checklist to help you better understand what each success criterion of the WCAG is asking for. Many details and exceptions have been left out of this checklist. Our checklist is NOT official WCAG documentation.
This checklist is best used as a starting point for diving into each item in the official documentation. This checklist DOES NOT include WCAG 2.1 or AAA conformance level.
The checklist headings are not from WCAG but are being used to divide and organize the content.
Descriptive text: Clear, descriptive text is used for page titles, headings, and link anchor text. This text must accurately convey the page or content that follows.
Nested Headings: For each page, headings start with one <h1> tag and optionally then flow down to <h2>, <h3>, and so on down to <h6> based on the hierarchy of subheadings within the page content. See Preparing Your Site Structure in Wix.