Do you know what WCAG 2.0 Level A is? How about Level AA?
Here's the short answer:
WCAG - or World Wide Web Consortium Web Accessibility Guidelines - has established a framework of standards that will allow websites to be accessible to ALL your ratepayers; that includes specifically those who face physical challenges such as visual impairment, hearing loss or motor control issues that limits their use of a traditional mouse or keyboard. The WCAG guidelines define how your website must be constructed in order to enable better access for all. WCAG 2.0 is the latest set of guidelines and it contains three levels of compliance - A, AA and AAA.
Why should my municipality care about being WCAG compliant?
You should care because being WCAG compliant is simply the right thing to do for your ratepayers. But you should also be aware that - by law - new content being published to your website MUST be compliant with WCAG 2.0 AA standards as of January 1st, 2014. Read about it here. And if you're putting up a new website for your municipality, it needs to be completely WCAG 2.0 AA compliant from the day it launches.
Jan 1, 2014???? What???!!! How can a municipality get to WCAG compliant status quickly without spending a ton of cash?
We can help. We will fully assess your current website and provide you a detailed written report showing what changes need to be made to bring your site into WCAG compliance. You can take that report and give it to your web team for immediate action. Reports are ready in days, not weeks. And they're affordable - even on small budgets.
We also have template municipal websites that are WCAG-ready and can be online for your municipality within just a few days. So if you need something done quickly at a reasonable cost, we can help. Our sites are already configured with commonly used sections including things like Council Minutes uploads, Contact Us information, linked Google Maps, photo galleries, municipal news blogs and form downloads pages. What you need can be in place quickly, cleanly and affordably. We'll train you to maintain your site if you wish but we're also here to help you maintain it on an ongoing basis - and we'll ensure you remain WCAG compliant for all new content.
What are the next steps to get started?
An initial consultation is completely free of charge and without obligation. Call today at (705) 222-4TMM and ask for our web team or just fire off an email to us by clicking here - we'll have a look at your current site and help get you on the road to compliance quickly and affordably.