Is your site ready for the new Web Accessibility Guidelines?

Do you want to check how accessble is your site?

Go to http://wave.webaim.org and find out!

As of January 1, 2014, guidelines for website compliance will become mandatory for Ontario-based organizations with 50 employees or more.

Web accessibility benefits millions of users with disabilities, but it also benefits people without disabilities, like people using a slow Internet connection or people with changing abilities due to aging.

Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, all private and non-profit organizations with 50 or more employees and all public sector organizations will need to make their websites accessible.

What you need to do

Beginning January 1, 2014:
If you launch a new public website or your existing site undergoes a significant refresh, the site and any of its web content published after January 1, 2012, must conform to the World Wide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level A.

MEETING WCAG 2.0, LEVEL A

To meet WCAG 2.0, Level A, an organization’s web presence must:

  • provide captions and text alternatives for images and multimedia
  • use strong contrast between text and background, and make text resizing available
  • create content that can be presented using assistive technologies (such as screen readers) without losing meaning
  • use structured content and make it keyboard accessible
  • avoid CAPTCHAs (user challenges involving distorted letterforms) and give users enough time to read and use content
  • avoid time limits when asking users to provide a response or information
  • avoid blinking images
  • avoid the use of colour indicators
  • help users find and navigate content by making links specific (not ‘click here’)
  • help users avoid and correct mistakes by making error messages specific
  • make tables and charts accessible to assistive technology.

SOURCE: http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/documents/en/mcss/accessibility/iasr_guides/website_en.pdf

If you think your organization is going to be affected by these new web guidelines, please fill out the short contact form in our web site and we will be happy to call you back.

Alex Baldocchi About Alex Baldocchi

A graduate of the Academy des Beaux Arts in Montreal, Alex moved to Toronto where he worked for over ten years as creative director and created campaigns for JVC Canada, Mack & Volvo Trucks, General Motors and Ciba Geigy. Forming Inspire Advertising + Design Inc. in 2002 with Cristine Martin – Alex has developed creative for GE, Franklin Templeton, Hankook Tires, Amnesty International, Pioneer Electronics, General Tires, Continental Tires and Stanley Black & Decker.

Alex has been awarded top honors from Applied Arts, Graphic Arts Magazines, The US Summit Awards, for his work on the GE Lighting account. His radio work for Hankook Tires won top prize at the AAPEX /SEMA show in Las Vegas and his print ad for Hankook Tires was awarded “finalist” status at the prestigious London Design Awards.

When Alex isn't at Inspire or even when he is at Inspire he loves drinking coffees (many many coffees), anything to do with WordPress, travelling and eating Nutella.

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