Having an effective dental website requires a clean design, fast and efficient loading times, compelling and informative content, and an easy-to-use contact form. At Dental Creative Group, those are our forte, and we strive to make our clients’ websites the best and easiest to use in their markets.
But did you know that there’s another major aspect of websites that can be vital to their success—and even their legality? In 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a notice indicating that language in the Americans with Disabilities Act would be expanded to include websites and their accessibility. And while that ruling has only been sporadically enforced, it’s important to make sure your website is compliant—especially with a final ruling expected in 2018.
What Does ADA Compliance Mean for Websites and Web Designers?
In many ways, ADA compliance serves to strengthen the principles of effective web design, as it makes clean interfaces and accessibility mandatory for all web sites to make them easy to use for as wide of an audience as possible. See the ADA guidelines here.
More specifically, ADA compliance in the realm of web design refers to four aspects of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG):
All media on a website must be usable by all who visit the website. That means videos and images should have captions and page structure should remain intact if font size is increased. It also includes guidelines for text alternatives, time-based media, simplified layouts, and distinguishing text and images from backgrounds.
ADA-compliant websites should be functional for everyone, including those who use keyboards to navigate, the ability to pause moving sections, and clearly labeled individual pages and sections of content.
Websites text must be readable and understandable, while web page functionality must appear and operate in a predictable manner. In addition, websites should have proper assistance and instruction for areas that require user input, including contact forms.
To be ADA compliant, websites must be accessible not just on the front end, but also on the back end. That means website code should follow all current web standards and be universally recognized by browsers and forms of assistive technology.
Need an ADA-Compliant Dental Website? Call Dental Creative Group Today.
With mandatory ADA compliance on the horizon for websites, it’s more important than ever to make sure your website passes the test with flying colors. At Dental Creative Group, we’re proud to say that we already check off many boxes of ADA compliance when we build websites, and we’ll incorporate all additional requirements into the websites of our existing clients and future builds for new clients.
Ready to get your website up-to-date and ADA compliant? Call today us at (615)200-7606 submit our contact form.