Section 508 is a government regulation that states that all government websites must meet or exceed certain specified requirements to provide web content to individuals that have specialized needs. Some examples of these needs include people with limited vision, color-blindness, impaired hearing, difficulty in using a mouse, and many others.
These regulations require that all of the content on a website be accessible according to the following criteria: using only a keyboard, resizable text, and color choices that allow for various color-blindness types or a style sheet that can be changed. Tabular data must also be presented in a specific way to allow for screen readers to interpret the information correctly.
The Bard Agency is well versed in accessibility requirements and can use that understanding to design websites that are flexible enough to exceed Section 508 requirements. We aim for AAA ratings in our accessible websites. It is our sincere wish that all of the sites we design are accessible to the widest audience possible.
The back end of an accessible website is extremely important. Clean code, clearly worded titles in each of the page elements, alternate style sheets, text-size changeability, properly captioned tables, the capability to allow screen-readers to skip to the content of the page quickly, and forms that can be cleanly tabbed through are all part of what must be programmed into the back-end of a website for it to be accessible.