Are you WCAG compliant?

We are often asked if CMNTY Platform is WCAG 2.0 compliant. The short answer is: we are compliant to the extent which you can expect from any modern technology provider. However, we feel that in the spirit of full transparency, and because we take questions like this very seriously, it is worth explaining some of the nuances of this question.

Contemporary UX vs. UX Optimized For Accessibility

Looking at the standard, it appears it’s becoming more difficult for tech-forward companies every day, to be fully compliant while offering superior UX to its general user base. For example, sites like Google.com and Facebook.com do not pass the occasional WCAG test, simply because web technologies and best practices have changed since WCAG standards have been updated. The same goes for CMNTY Platform.

Best of Both Worlds

Our mission, first and foremost, is to provide the best possible community platform. We do regular WCAG tests and if any Warnings or Errors come up, we fix them if we feel it has no major impact on other UX aspects of the platform. Doing that we believe we offer a “best of both worlds” approach. We are comfortable saying that our software complies, and we are confident that you will be able to invite and engage with any member you invite to your CMNTY Platform.

In the USA, the Department of Justice (DOJ) published the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design in September 2010. These standards state that all electronic and information technology must be accessible to people with disabilities. The ADA encourages self-regulation of accessibility standards and the Department of Justice is currently developing regulations to provide specific guidance to the entities covered by the ADA. Organizations are encouraged to use the WCAG 2.0 level AA guidelines as a guide on how to become accessible until the DOJ defines the regulations. Source: http://www.interactiveaccessibility.com/services/ada-compliance

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