Web Accessibility Guidelines
Web accessibility guidelines apply to commercial business web sites, not-for-profit sites, and public sector sites at the federal, state and local level (see excerpt at bottom of this page). Charlottesville SEO Web Development currently provides coding for the private, public and non-profit sectors. We are a registered, web accessibility vendor with the State of Virginia. We are a SWAM business (certification pending).
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Coding (Programming)
Charlottesville SEO Web Development can code your web site to pass automated and manual testing in accordance with WCAG 2.0 Guidelines. Level A compliance is included in all sites we build or rebuild. Level AA compliance is often achieved during the initial coding process. If further work is required to meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA guidelines, the additional time is billable at our current hourly rate. We also code to the highest standard, WCAG Level AAA. This is a premium standard sought by sites that cater to disabled communities. WCAG Level AAA compliance typically adds about 50 percent to the cost of developing or rebuilding a web site.
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Web Accessibility Coding
Achieving ADA web accessibility guidelines is part of our WCAG Level AA coding service. Our initial coding efforts often meet or exceed ADA web accessibility guidelines. Additional time required to pass human and automated testing for ADA Web Accessibility Guidelines compliance can be purchased on a project flat rate basis or at our current hourly rates.
Section 508 Of The Rehabilitation Act Coding (Sec. 508)
Charlottesville SEO Web Development programming is guaranteed to meet Federal Sec. 508 Web Accessibility Guidelines. All sites we code are guaranteed to pass automated testing for Sec. 508 compliance. If human testing reveals areas that require additional time to ensure complete compliance, the work is included at no additional charge.
Web Accessibility Coding For Private Sector
We provide accessible web coding for the private sector. Commercial and not-for-profit organizations each derive benefits and reduce legal liabilities by ensuring their web sites meet the guidelines discussed on this page. Commercial entities and nonprofit organizations often target WCAG Level AA compliance. We recommend that all private companies and organizations consult their attorneys to ascertain legal liabilities and determine which guidelines their sites must meet. For more information about the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, see our Web Accessibility Resources.
Web Accessibility Coding – Virginia Public Sector – State
Virginia State web sites integrated with the Commonwealth of Virginal web site system must meet specific state and U.S. Federal Guidelines as detailed in (Sec. 508) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Amended in 1998.
Web Accessibility – Virginia Public Sector – County And Municipal Government
Virginia county and local government municipal web sites are required to provide handicap access to web content in accordance with United States Federal Guidelines (Sec. 508) and with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).
Web Accessibility Compliance – Source: Commonwealth Of Virginia
“…the Accessibility Standard is mandated by the Code of Virginia and it applies throughout the Commonwealth. It applies to state agencies as outlined in the Accessibility Standard. Code and Federal Statutes impact the accessibility of web sites for non-state agencies. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 impact all levels of government as well as the private sector. If a complaint is registered against a state, municipality or local government, noncompliance goes through the Department of Justice. The obligation to provide accessibility has existed since 1973 and exposure to liability certainly exist [sic] if a complaint is made with Department of Justice.”