Many website developers may not be aware that, if they do any sort of work with or that represents the United States government or any of their agencies, there are a set of rules and regulations they must comply with. You might think to yourself, “Well, what are the odds I’ll work with the government?” but the answer might surprise you.
The government outsources many programs, and the contractors that receive those jobs may, in turn, outsource that work.
If you are doing work that ultimately is going to be used by the U.S. government you need to be aware of the following standards that they require by law.
Access for People with Disabilities (Section 508)
All federal public websites* must comply with the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d), which is designed to make online information and services fully available to individuals with disabilities. Organizations should review Section 508 and accompanying guidelines to ensure that their public websites meet the requirements.
To comply simply follow the P.O.U.R. Principles to ensure your website is as accessible as possible.
Access for People with Limited English Proficiency
OMB Policies for Federal Public Websites states that “your agency is already required to provide appropriate access for people with limited English proficiency by implementing Department of Justice guidance for Executive Order 13166, ‘Improving Access to Services for People with Limited English Proficiency.’ Continue reading Web Builders’ Guidelines for Government Websites