Fed Communities believes that every person in the communities we serve should be able to engage with our website in a meaningful way. To support this belief, we strive to make fedcommunities.org as accessible as possible to people of all levels of ability. As our guide across the site we use the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. Our goal is for fedcommunities.org to meet Level AA standards, WCAG’s recommended level of conformance for entire sites. We consider the WCAG 2.1 Level AA guidelines as we build our platform and pages.
- Design and test for color contrast, logical heading order, and configurable repeated elements.
- Code to ensure pages are usable by a variety of input and output devices, such as keyboard navigation and screen readers.
- Ensure that non-textual elements have a text equivalent (such as “alt text” for images or transcripts for videos).
The usability lab at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, our host Federal Reserve Bank, regularly evaluates our site using a variety of methods. This continuous approach helps ensures accessibility will remain top-of-mind as guidelines and technologies evolve. Additionally, we consider issues affecting digital inclusion in our design. For example, making sure our text renders, from low-bandwidth to the fastest connections.
Of course, there will always be opportunities to make things better, so please contact us if you have a suggestion about site accessibility.