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ADA Compliance Tools Overview & Common Quick Fix

Maintaining website accessibility and ADA compliance is not a one and done procedure. It’s an ongoing process and one that should be built into the daily/weekly/monthly checks and balances for your organization’s website.

Thankfully, there are many free tools you can use to help assess your website and show where the adjustments need to be made. Often times, with short explanations. One of the tools we use here in Web Services is called AChecker. You can input your URL, click the “Check It” Button and it will give you a list of Known Problems to fix. If there are no known problems to fix, congratulations! That means, your website passes current compliance standards.

This tool also allows you to export a report, which is handy if you need to keep documentation.

Check Your Website’s Accessibility Now

The Most Common Website Accessibility Error

Did you know that the most common website accessibility error is missing alt tags? Alt tags are used to help identify the images on your website for screen readers.
When you have an image on your website, typically the code will look something like this:

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As you can see in the example above, the alt tag is missing for that image.

 

How to Fix the Missing Alt Tag

The basic fix for this is to tweak the code to add the alt tag, like this:

html code example fixed

In the example above, I used the most basic description for the banner image’s alt tag.

If your site is built in WordPress, you can add the alt tags to images in your Media Library or when you are adding content to your site, if you click the “Text” tab in the editor, you can modify the image’s html.

Adding an Alt Tag to an Image in the Media Library

In the WordPress Admin area, you will want to click on “Media” from the menu. Then, click the image you want to add an alt tag to. As you will see, a window opens up with the attachment details. To the right of the image are the details. The Alt Text field is located just below the caption field. You can then close the image, as the alt tag is automatically saved. So then, next time you use that image in a post, the alt tag will show.

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Adding the Alt Tag to an Image in Your Post or Page

Let’s say the website accessibility tool identified a missing alt tag in the content of one of your pages or posts.

In the admin area of your website, when you edit the page or post with the image that has the missing alt tag, you can click the “Text” tab to display the html and then make that change.

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Offer Assistance if All Else Fails

Assistive technology tools aren’t perfect. Website accessibility checkers aren’t perfect. Human beings aren’t perfect. There is bound to be hiccups in the technology. The best way to handle the hiccups is to offer your assistance. Let them know they can contact someone if their assistive technology is having issues using the website.

To make this offer of assistance known, you can post the following to your website:

If you are using a screen reader or other auxiliary aid and are having problems using this website, please call [Your Credit Union’s Telephone Number] for assistance.

All products and services available on this website are available at all [Your Credit Union’s Name] full-service locations.

This statement lets them know that you care about accessibility, you’d like to assist them and welcome their feedback.

Keeping your website compliant and accessible to everyone is an ongoing process that is made easier by using the free tools provided and when in doubt, let your website users know that you are always available to assist them.


Did you miss the first article we wrote on ADA Compliance?

Read Americans With Disabilities Act And Your Website

Highmark Federal Credit Union Launches New Website


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Congratulations to Highmark Federal Credit Union on their new website. The new website is responsive and displays nicely on phones, tablets, laptop, and desktop computers. The website features a clean design, keeping with modern web design. The website includes rotating banners, credit union news, and site search. It is an easy to use design and provides Highmark Federal Credit Union with a much better online presence. The new site will serve members and staff better. Take a look at their new website here: https://www.highmarkfcu.com/

Hosted WordPress Updated to v4.8.2

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Hosted WordPress sites have been updated to security maintenance release 4.8.2. Release notes are available at wordpress.org/news

Ondemand Video Site by CU*Answers

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The ondemand video site created by CU*Answers has been updated with a new, modern site design. The design is a flat and simple design that focuses visitors on the videos without other distractions or content. The color scheme is a mix of strong and comfortable colors that imbue a sense of place. The home page displays videos in four groups – featured, most recent, popular and by category. The category section can be updated by selecting another category and then applying the filter to retrieve videos from the new category without leaving the home page. Strong, simple, focused. Take a look at the new ondemand site: https://ondemand.cuanswers.com/

Cornerstone Community Credit Union Launches New Website


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Congratulations to Cornerstone Community Credit Union on the launch of their new website! The new website is based on our WordPress with SiteControl platform. The new design is responsive and has many great features such as featured rates, parallax page scrolling, news & information section, a credit union staff feature, and integrated site search. This new website greatly improves member experience by providing a modern website that will work on any device! Check it out here: https://cornerstonecreditunion.com

Adobe Announces End of Flash

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On July 25th, Adobe Corporate Communications released their planned future of Adobe Flash, or, lack thereof. The statement specifies that Flash will no longer be updated or distributed by the end of 2020, giving users more than adequate time to clean up their sites and features utilizing it.

As one may have noticed, the major browsers have been blocking Flash from loading on sites by default. After Adobe made the announcement, the browser developers voiced their plans to assist in sunsetting the 1996 software:

  • Google will continue phasing out Flash over the course of the next few years, first by asking for permissions, then disabling it by default, removing it completely towards the end of 2020.
  • Mozilla announced users can choose which sites to run Flash in on FireFox, and will be disabled by default in 2019. in 2020, only Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) user will be able to utilize Flash after the software dies.
  • Microsoft stated that that Edge and Internet Explorer will have Flash disabled in 2019, and remove the ability to run it in 2020.

 

In Web Services, our WordPress custom themes are built without integrating Flash, as the decline of this software has been noticeable for a significantly long time. We suggest that credit unions with older static sites (at some point) verify that their web presence is not integrating Adobe Flash, as the slow degradation will affect the aesthetics of the material their users see.