July 7, 2022
The Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency has redesigned its website for easier navigation and to meet federal and state accessibility requirements.
The laws surrounding website accessibility are both disjointed and nuanced. Layers of federal guidelines (Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, WCAG 2.0 or 2.1) are further highlighted by state regulations (AB 434). People with disabilities often rely on assistive technology such as screen readers, braille readers, and browser zoom functionality to view/read websites. The most common issues include not having accessible PDFs/documents, lack of closed captions on video/audio files, not having ALT tags for images, lack of labels on form fields, lack of color contrast for text vs. background, not having a mobile-responsive site, and non-semantic (bad, home-grown) hypertext markup language or HTML. Due to this ever-changing landscape of federal and state accessibility regulations, the Agency is now utilizing the Streamline platform to achieve compliance with website accessibility regulations.
The new website went live on July 1, 2022.
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