With an infinite number of moving pieces involved in implementing, configuring and running an eCommerce website, it’s not at all uncommon for something to fall through the cracks. Building an easily accessible website is frequently thrown to the wayside when, in all reality, putting in the extra effort on the front end will certainly save headache later. Very easily maintained standards can drastically improve the user experience of disabled users, increase SEO and mitigate the risk involved with a site not adhering to accessibility standards; first a little background…
Accessibility Standards and Their Governing BodiesCurrently there are three generally accepted governing standards used to gauge site accessibility; these are as follows:
Section 508Section 508 refers to an amendment to the Rehabilitation act of 1973. It outlines minimal standards for government sites and sites that refer to government material. It is a generally accepted baseline for accessibility standards although it doesn’t give much specificity or guidance around the various types (flash, static content, etc) of online content.WCAG 2.0
WCAG standards outline accessibility requirements for static content. Many of these standards are derived from those outlined in Section 508 adding specific emphasis on static website content.