Here are some cool and useful resources to help ensure your website looks great and is user-friendly for everyone. Each link will open in a new window so you don't have to leave this site.
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA):
- Learn about the Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
- Visit the AODA Accessibility Compliance Wizard.
American Accessibility Laws:
- Learn about Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act dealing with accessibility in information technology
- Learn about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in full
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0:
- Learn about the World Wide Web Consortium's web accessibility standards
- Learn about the World Wide Web Consortium's web Accessibility Initiative
- Download NVDA screen reader. This screen reader is open-source, and trying it out is a great way to find out if your website is accessible for screen readers.
- Read this article about color meanings, symbolism, and which colors go together.
- Use this HTML Color Picker to find the colors you want and their hex codes (the alphanumeric codes used in websites).
- Visit the Snook.ca contrast checker, where you can enter the 6-digit hex codes for the colors you want to use to make sure your background color and text color contrast enough for easy reading by your site visitors.
- Visit Juicy Studio's Luminosity Colour Contrast Ratio Analyser, another good color contrast checker.
- Visit GRSites.com, where you can create all kinds of backgrounds, image buttons, logos and more.
- Use AChecker to find out how accessible your website is. Type in the URL you want to check, pick the guideline and validation options you want to check for, and AChecker will do the rest.
- WebAIM's WAVE is another good tool to check website accessibility.