State websites must meet both the web accessibility standards in California Government Code 11135, which adopted the Section 508 standards issued by the United States Access Board, and the Priority 1 and 2 level checkpoints of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG 1.0 “AA” Conformance Level) developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). In addition, federal courts have already begun to enforce WCAG 2.0 standards.  It is highly recommended that state agencies adhere to WCAG 2.0 as well to avoid legal ramifications.  State agencies subject to this policy must:

  1. Avoid using small images or text as links
  2. Avoid using frames
  3. Provide information on how to request an alternate format if a downloadable document cannot be provided in an accessible electronic format
  4. Provide contact information
  5. Test for accessibility

These additions increase the level of accessibility and empowerment to a website visitor or employee with a disability without difficulty or major expense.

State agencies subject to this policy must take reasonable steps to design and develop web sites that are accessible to people with disabilities as well as those without disabilities. Web page developers, designers, programmers, and content providers should become familiar with the standards and guidelines for achieving universal Web accessibility and should apply these principles in designing and creating any official state websites.


3 Responses to Accessibility

  1. gschau says:

    In regards to accessibility, are state websites required to publicly post the contact information of their ADA coordinator? Thanks, George Schau, EDD

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