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Web Accessibility Enters the White House

Posted by Equalweb on Jan 19, 2022 6:57:07 AM

Web accessibility has been embraced by the highest office in the land: U.S. President Joe Biden pledged the administration’s commitment to remediating the WhiteHouse.gov website, elevating it to meet WCAG 2.1 standards.

In fact, it was one of the first things that the U.S. administration undertook soon after Biden’s inauguration.

WhiteHouse.gov is the official website for all presidential matters, and now it has two new web accessibility functions: high contrast mode and large font size.

The high contrast mode, which can also be described as a dark and light mode feature, can toggle the modern-looking, clean, and minimal presidential website from an off-white background with dark blue headlines to a black background with white headlines (and links in elegant dijon).

The font toggle function enlarges all text on the page, condensing all the information into one column which can be scrolled up and down as a feed.

All in all, nice accessibility features that are part and parcel of the EqualWeb technology.

According to Tech Crunch outlet, the administration stated:

“This commitment to accessibility for all begins with this site and our efforts to ensure all functionality and all content is accessible to all Americans.

“Our ongoing accessibility effort works towards conforming to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.1, level AA criteria.”

We at EqualWeb applaud the White House for making its website more accessible for people with disabilities, as the mission towards inclusivity is an ongoing process that should enter the day-to-day concerns of website owners across the globe.

As we indicate in every opportunity, the WCAG standards are the best accessibility guidelines for remediating websites. Conforming to WCAG assists in expanding the outreach to people with disabilities and complying with regulations.

EqualWeb makes your websites accessible according to the latest and most updated WCAG 2.1 Level AA standards, fully meeting ADA, Section 508, Unruh, AODA, EN 301549, and more legislative requirements.

Learn more on how to make your website accessible according to WCAG 2.1 criteria, here.

Topics: Web Accessibility, EqualWeb, ADA compliance, WCAG 2.1

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