CAWeb Publishing and the State Template are accessible to people with disabilities. We follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1.
WCAG 2.1 is a set of international accessibility standards that define how web content should be designed to be accessible to people with disabilities. The guidelines cover a wide range of issues such as:
- Text alternatives for non-text content.
- Captions and other alternatives for multimedia.
- Creating content that can be presented in different ways, including by assistive technologies, without losing meaning.
The State Template provides you with an accessible structure and layout, which you can then customize to fit your needs. It is important to do accessibility testing after you add content to ensure that your website is accessible to everyone.
Here are some examples of how CAWeb Publishing and the State Template are accessible:
- Uses clear and concise language
- All text is readable by screen readers
- All images have alternative text that describes the image
- Keyboard navigable
- Color-contrast compliant
- Optimized for mobile devices
California Web Accessibility Certification
This Certification requires all state agencies in California to ensure that their websites are accessible to users of all abilities. Websites must conform (at minimum) to Level AA of the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1.
To be certified, state agencies must complete a self-assessment and post a copy of the signed certification to their website every two years.