Web Site Accessibility for
Disabled Web Site Visitors

Providing readers with what they want is a challenge, but getting your web site's content to people with disabilities can be an even larger task. 1up! has built technology into your web site's content management software - accessibility tools and design features - that will help you meet the challenge.

The software's tools, though, are only half the job. Managing site's content and following "best practices," day in and day out, is the other half of the task - critical and substantial tasks to ensure your compliance.


NOTICE

This document highlights accessibility compliance topics and issues.

It is not meant to be a complete guide to achieving compliance. It is the beginning of the process.

Even though the software will position a site owner close to compliance, full compliance requires a plan and training to secure, and daily focus by the staff who works on your web site.

This document is not legal advice.

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) are a standard that describes how to build and manage a web site so that disabled people may enjoy your web site as any other reader would. While WCAG is not law, it is highly relied upon by courts, and should therefore be used as your guide to ensuring accessibility.

WCAG compliance is a team effort that must be attended to every time a site is launched and/or updated. It is not a task that one completes and walks away from.


Accessibility and Your Web Site

Readership is key to your success; both online and in print. Providing value to your readers is what your business model is all about.

Content, deadlines, revenue models, design, technology - and now accessibility - are all factors that affect your success.

1up! has built into your web site software the tools you'll need to assist handicapped readers in their efforts to read your site. And while it is the right thing to do, it's also the law defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The site tools are just one piece of the larger puzzle. Site design and typography plays into compliance with accessibility guidelines, third-party tools and how they're used, and your content's management are all keys to providing a good product online for the disabled, as well as staying within the ADA's guidelines to prevent litigation.

It's a team effort.

In 2012, 1up! built WCAG 2.0 compliant accessibility tools and features into its News!Site 6.0 content management web site software. We did it, at that time, for government agency sites both domestic and foreign. Since then, our newspaper & publishing customers may also take advantage of the accessibility features, too.

This document details the software's features, the site editor's responsibilities and contains a list of online reference and resource web sites - including additional software and services that will be helpful in detailing any issues with your online efforts.

The WCAG 2.0 Standard
Following Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) guidelines will make your content accessible to a wider range of people with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photo-sensitivity and combinations of these.

The guidelines strive to make website content:

Perceivable

Operable

Understandable

Robust

(https://webaim.org/articles/pour/)

The full WCAG guidelines can be found at: https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/

News!Site 6.0 Accessibility Features

The following is a list of software and technical features built in to your 1up! web site that enhance the accessibility of your content:

Global Software Settings, Coding Attributes and Site Automation Editorial Content Tools

Advertising Content Tools

Other Content-type Pages


Web Site Administrator's Responsibilities

SPECIAL NOTE:
If during a compliance scan any issue is discovered please immediately report it to 1up! Support staff.

Scans, and the resulting work to correct issues found in scans, do not guarantee your web site will be 100% WCAG compliant.

Content Loading & Management Best Practices Design Review


General Notes

"COMING SOON"

Any entry in this document marked "COMING SOON" is current being implemented in your web site's software, and will be installed at no cost as soon as it is completed and tested.

"RECOMMENDATION:"

Use YouTube to take advantage of their automated closed-captioning feature, which is required for accessibility guidelines compliance.

Integrated Third-party tools

1up! cannot control any third-party technologies installed in a web site, and therefore cannot make modifications to that technology to make it accessible to all site visitors.

This would include buttons to mobile applications supplies by Apple and Google, social media feeds, games and other types of content feeds.


References & Resources


Notice the small difference in the above page content that you can see with your eyes: headers, phone numbers, etc.

Click the graphic above or this link to visit the page for the full "before" and "after" demonstration takes place.





In Closing...
This document is intended to be a "living" document which will be updated with new information as it becomes available. 1up! is working with subject experts and attorneys, as well as our state press association, to cover all accessibility-related topics and details for our customers, including updating the site software, as needed.

"Accessibility" is not a topic that just 1up! can handle for your web site operations through technology - it also requires having your staff maintain their knowlege of the topic and content accessibility standards in your site daily.

You are also encouraged to speak to your corporate counsel and state press association to further your understanding and preparation for dealing with accessibility issues. 1up! can provide further training and orientation for your staff so that they may take full advantage of the features built into your 1up! web site's content management software.

Thank you. 1up!



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