Web accessibility, WCAG and ADA Compliance  for HTML/CSS

HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) are the two core technologies used for building websites, applications, and their pages. HTML creates a page’s structure, while CSS is responsible for the look and feel of a visual layout.

Often, HTML and CSS coding languages are found in CMS platforms and website builders, where users create blogs, eCommerce shops, or virtually any other site that presents content to their audience. However, the content, regardless of the website type and its website builder, needs to be made accessible to include 15% of the global population that lives with a disability on the internet.

Installing an automated solution, like accessWidget, on your website to achieve accessibility and compliance, can be cost-effective and straightforward. After a two-minute install, which in the case of accessWidget only requires copying and pasting the installation code into your website’s script.

All you would need to do is enter the account created for you by accessiBe after signing up, and head over to the ‘Installation’ section of the main menu. Then, choose between ‘Quick & Basic installation’ or ‘Customized & Advanced Installation’ and customize the interface according to your brand guidelines and colors. Log in to your website builder and paste the code within the footers menu of your website. That’s all it takes, and then accessWidget will install! 

The importance of an accessible HTML/CSS website

Offering an accessible digital experience to everyone is true inclusivity. People with disabilities, who make up 15% of the global population, should have access to the web and the ability to contribute to it. By integrating accessibility into your website, you’re not only tapping into a potentially massive revenue stream as an eCommerce shop, but you’re also promoting knowledge, inclusion, and creativity as another website, as well.

Another reason to achieve WCAG and ADA compliance is to mitigate the risk of litigation your business and website could face as a result of being inaccessible. Since the 2018 DOJ affirmation that stated websites are considered places of public accommodations, per the ADA Title III, website owners could be vulnerable to web-related lawsuits, which have statistically risen by 320% over the past 8 years.

Using accessiBe with HTML/CSS

With accessiBe, HTML/CSS users don’t have to choose between beauty and accessibility. accessiBe’s AI-driven and automated solution makes existing websites ADA-compliant by remediating the website’s code according to WCAG 2.1 level AA guidelines. accessiBe’s solution is session-based, meaning only those with disabilities will see adjusted design elements, leaving your design completely intact.