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The Most Popular Questions About Web Accessibility Lawsuits

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Keeping the fact in mind that every human has the right to everything, the ADA was created. Americans with Disabilities Act states that your website and applications should be accessible to the individuals with disabilities. The problem is there is no such fixed guideline about ADA compliance. While people follow WCAG guidelines for this still there may be some issues. And all this is leading to litigations in different states. California being the state with the highest number of lawsuits during last year!

To help you out with ADA compliance of your website here are the most common questions that come up in regards to Web accessibility lawsuits.

What is the status of Justice Department regulations regarding website accessibility?

The Department of Justice (DOJ) had formally withdrawn two advanced notice in late December 2017. They were Advanced Notices of Proposed Rulemaking, under Title II of ADA that relates to website accessibility. The second is Title III that is related to the private businesses that are open for public.

DOJ further plans for evaluating whether it’s necessary and appropriate about the website’s accessibility. They will also work on the technical standards that are required and are appropriate for the entities covered under ADA.

What is the compliance that needed to follow?

The fact is that there are no straightforward rules regarding the measures to be taken for being an ADA complaint website. As there are no formal set of guidelines websites have turned to Web Content accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). It has technical standards that are written for web developers.

However, it must be remember that DOJ has not adopted WCAG and thus when someone is following it there is no evidence that it is full proof.

What is the best way to test for compliance?

To ensure that your website does not face any litigation under ADA it’s best to go for website accessibility testing. Website accessibility testing ensures that individuals with disabilities can use your website without any hindrances. For this there are both automated and manual methods. Try at to get accessibility compliance of your website.

In manual testing human testers conduct a number of tests for ensuring that the website is accessible to the disabled. Every individual tester follows the set of rules but apart from that have editing skills along with providing some quality assurance. For every manual tester you will get a fresh viewpoint for your website accessibility.

In automated testing a software works on your website for finding its accessibility scale. This is software that is designed especially for finding any accessibility issues. Over the past few years these tools have evolved. These changes are made keeping in mind the different lawsuits and the verdict thereto. These tools are designed in such a way that they just do not find out the issues but also suggest a solution to the issues raised. The best time to use these tools is during development of the website. Along with that it must be checked at regular intervals to find out if there are any fresh issues.