Compliance starts with your website theme. It's what governs the look, feel, usability and function of your website. Over the last 5 years, the changing Internet landscape has demanded themes jump through all sorts of hoops. We've asked themes to be load faster, look better, be responsive (i.e. work on a variety of platforms like tablets and mobile phones) and now we're asking them to better deliver content to specialized readers for the sight and hearing-impaired. After all, the web is for everyone and just because someone has a disability doesn't mean they should have less access to your website content.
Still, this requires even more structural changes to your web theme behind the scenes. Campus Suite themes have always sought to look better and load faster by properly organizing the content (both visually and in the source code) and by following standardized website specifications. Improving ADA compliance is a two-fold effort. Some things can be handled automatically by the Campus Suite platform, but other things must be done to a page's content itself, which means we have to train the publishers who are adding and editing the content on your web pages.
ADA items that the Campus Suite platform will help you govern automatically:
- Semantic markup for HTML standards
- A link provided to a “skip navigation” for the main navigation
- Feedback link to enable ADA users to notify your organization of an issue
- Site map and site search
- ALT tags for all images
- Tables using header data to define the rows
- Page content structured in WAI-ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications or ARIA)
- Descriptive and informative page titles
- Text links and text buttons
Note: we add and change things ongoing as the specification requires.
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ADA Compliant Standards Summary
Relates to any images or other documents added to the website.
Any videos or audio files added to website will require transcripts and captions.
Create content that can be presented in different ways (for example simpler layout) without losing information or structure
Make text content readable and understandable