We want everyone who visits the Last Call Media website to feel welcome and find the experience rewarding.
What are we doing?
To help us make the LCM website a positive place for everyone, we’ve been using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) published by the World Wide Web Consortium. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities, and user friendly for everyone. We used the WCAG 2.0 standards as the basis for our evaluation. The WCAG 2.0 standards were augmented by the release of WCAG 2.1 in June 2018, and we are in the process of assessing our compliance with the new guidelines to identify any necessary changes.
The WCAG guidelines have three levels of accessibility (A, AA and AAA). We’ve chosen Level AA as the target for the LCM website.
How are we doing?
In order to achieve our accessibility goal, we built our site in compliance with W3C standards for HTML and CSS. The site displays correctly in current browsers and using standards compliant HTML/CSS code means that future browsers will also display it correctly. We used codebases that are built with accessibility in mind, such as Drupal 8 and Zurb Foundation.
We’re working diligently to achieve our goal of Level AA accessibility, but we realize there are some areas that still need improving. We conducted an initial accessibility audit in May 2018 and corrected many of the identified issues. The following information identifies some known issues that we are aware of.
- When viewing image galleries as a slideshow, it is possible that continuing to tab beyond the last image may move the focus beyond the viewport. We are seeking a solution to this problem.
- Visible focus is lost when tabbing through the Disqus comment area that is present on some pages. We are unable to modify the code for this module to correct that behavior.
- There are some areas where our fonts still need to be updated to improve contrast, and we are working on revising those styles.
We continue to periodically audit the site to identify any new issues, as we frequently add new content and features. These audits include checks of site content with browser based testing tools, keyboard navigation of pages, and navigating pages with a screen reader.
While Last Call Media strives to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website. In addition, we understand that conformance to standards does not necessarily achieve our ultimate goal of making our site usable for everyone.
We are continually seeking out solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall web accessibility. If you experience any difficulty in accessing the Last Call Media website, please don’t hesitate to contact us right away.