For the second year in a row, members of the S4 team attended the Annual Information and Technology Symposium for Accessibility that took place in the heart of downtown Jacksonville.
The Symposium featured discussions on a variety of topics, including 508 Guidelines, Compliance Standards, Mobile Standards, ARIA. There were also Q & A sessions with panels that focused on techniques and best practices for accessibility.
Designing a website that is easy to use is a primary objective for every project we take on. That includes making sites accessible for users with disabilities. Accessibility on the web is a full-spectrum effort that’s best considered at the beginning of a project and then woven into the working process across all departments. In an effort to deliver the most comprehensive, inclusionary products possible, our team strives to follow the ever-changing standards for 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. In addition, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level AA is the current required compliance level for websites.
As new technologies appear and web design evolves, accessibility requirements continuously change to adapt. While it can be challenging to keep up with these changes, it could mean the difference between a user having a good experience on your site or not being able to use it at all.
S4 is committed to staying involved in Jacksonville’s web compliance community to ensure our projects continue to be as inclusive as possible.
Our very own designing dynamo, Sabreena Katz is a double threat. Not only is she S4’s Senior Designer, but she also steps in when we need an experienced front-end developer with a little extra artistic flair. When she’s not making our clients’ digital platforms look their very best, she’s dealing out humiliation Nintendo-style with a cat snuggled on each hip.