This semester is speeding right along and here we are in week 8, which was really last week, so I’m a tad behind. The website remodel for our sister organization is moving along and there was a meeting last week to review the proposed wireframes and layouts for the new design. A volunteer has been working on this and has provided some excellent work. The project group (includes board members, some staff, and volunteers) reviewed the proposed layouts and is using Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy’s website as a model or ‘best practice’ site. The meeting included discussions and clarifications around font styles, images to be used, main website headers, links to partner websites, links to social media websites, and adding videos and testimonials throughout the site. This group will meet again in March to finalize and approve the wireframes and design and then begin working on producing improved content for the site. It’s really great to see this project moving forward some.
It is also interesting to note that you can have a really great website with great design elements, but if you don’t have decent content, it can really lower your overall first impression of an organization and adding more pictures or video does not necessarily make your website great.
Another topic that came up in this meeting last week had to do with 508 compliance. This law applies to government sites and those affiliates that link to government sites, but it’s a good practice to incorporate when doing web development. This web article is a great start to understanding what is and isn’t 508 compliance and the difference between being compliant and being accessible. I also found this website, Section508.gov, a government website, that gives all the details about compliance and accessibility.
Section 508 Laws
In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology (EIT) accessible to people with disabilities. Inaccessible technology interferes with an ability to obtain and use information quickly and easily. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, open new opportunities for people with disabilities, and encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Under Section 508 (29 U.S.C. ‘794 d), agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to access available to others. It is recommended that you review the laws and regulations listed below to further your understanding about Section 508 and how you can support implementation.
Very interesting stuff! And definitely something to put in the web design toolbox. This week also included more work on VARI, Vineyard Attendance Reporting Index, so I hope to highlight that a little more in my next post.