What is an ADA Compliant Website?


Web accessibility refers to the inclusive practice of removing barriers that prevent interaction with, or access to websites, by people with disabilities. When sites are correctly designed, developed and edited, all users have equal access to information and functionality.

    What does it mean if a website is ADA Compliant?

    If a website is fully ADA compliant it meets all the requirements set forth in Section 508 and WCAG 2.0.  This means the html or web content as well as all Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF Documents and any other kind of documents uploaded to the site or websites that are linked to meet these requirements as well.

      Partial Compliance 

      The html content of a website can be compliant while the word, excel, PowerPoint, pdf and other documents are not compliant. On the other hand, the documents could be complaint while the html content is not or any combination thereof.

        What accessibility conformance levels must the State of Nevada Meet?

        A & AA though we are striving for AAA compliance

          Conformance Level Explanations

          Level A

            Level A is the minimum level of conformance in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. For Level A conformance, the Web page satisfies all the Level A Success Criteria, or a conforming alternate version is provided.

              Level AA

                Level AA is the medium level of conformance in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. For Level AA conformance, the Web page satisfies all the Level A and Level AA Success Criteria, or a Level AA conforming alternate version is provided.

                  Level AAA

                    Level AAA is the highest level of conformance in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. For Level AAA conformance, the Web page satisfies all the Level A, Level AA and Level AAA Success Criteria, or a Level AAA conforming alternate version is provided. It is not recommended that Level AAA conformance be required as a general policy for entire sites because it is not possible to satisfy all Level AAA Success Criteria for some content.

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                      • Webinars
                      • Remediation Guides
                      • Accessible HTML Content
                      • What Users Can Do Now!
                      • Evaluation Tools
                      • Remediation Plan

                      Severity Explanations

                       Errors

                        Issues that can be tested automatically and where the instances are with certainty violations the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0

                          Warnings

                            Issues that can be tested automatically and where the instances are accessibility best practice violations.

                              Reviews

                                Issues that cannot be checked automatically but requires a manual inspection to determine if each item lives up to the success criteria.