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When it comes to Drupal website accessibility, Appnovation is equipped and ready to help companies ensure that their online destination is up to scratch. As our ongoing website accessibility blog series shows, this is an issue that is important to us, as well as our clients. In the case of the University of Phoenix, Appnovation were asked to build a site called “IT central”. An internal site meant for students and faculty to send and receive articles and messages for their courses, it was imperative to ensure that every aspect and element was fully accessible to everyone.
ADA compliance was not part of the initial release we did but then the University of Phoenix stakeholders came back and asked that the site be modified to conform to WCAG 2.0 AA standards.
The development team went through and ensured that there was compliance in areas such as:
images (i.e. seeing how images are being displayed--dynamically, through controlled content or hard coded and ensuring alt text is included)
Headers (i.e. H1, H2 tags, etc. in the page markup, ensuring they were set up properly)
Testing involved visual checks such as:
Navigation - tabbing through content, left to right, top to bottom
Visual contrasts - an example of this was the calendar page, previous months and those had a grey background and text to indicate it was in the past...the contrast had to be increased between the background and text to meet compliance standards
- Creating images that display dynamically
- Ensuring proper page mark ups (H1, H2 tags, etc.)
- Delivering Streamlined, accessible navigation - tabbing through content, left to right, top to bottom
- Creating Visual Contrasts - (e.g. calendar page, previous months and those had a grey background and text to indicate it was in the past...the contrast had to be increased between the background and text to meet compliance standards)