Must Read Monday: Improving Web Accessibility Compliance
Web accessibility, compliance, and security of content aren't always a top priority for content marketers. In general, our main concern around web content management is that we can publish content frequently, quickly, and easily, with maximum impact on website traffic, SEO, and conversions. However, between the recent news of OpenSSL security vulnerabilities, and existing accessibility laws, businesses and organizations must ensure that their content is fully accessible to all site visitors, while keeping their website secure.
This week's Must-Read Monday picks are focused on these critical aspects of managing your website.
1. 5 Questions to Ask to Gauge Web Accessibility Compliance (via Netsphere Strategies)
User experience design is about making it easy for someone to interact with your website and get what they want and need out of it. Ensuring that persons with disabilities have an equally pleasant experience requires some additional considerations, but what are they?
Read it because: you're not sure what figures into web accessibility and would like to learn.
2. Banks, Energy Providers and Public Bodies Should Be Subject to Web Accessibility Rules, Votes European Parliament (Out-law.com)
The European Parliament voted in favor of a new directive to ensure all public sector websites and business websites that perform certain "public tasks" in the European Union meet accessibility standards.
Read it because: your website caters to a global audience and may fall under these guidelines.
3. BBC Reports: 2014 the Year of Encryption (HiSoftware)
Government surveillance and hackers are making everyone more concerned about the security of their data. Shockingly, the majority of security breaches come from within a company. What you don't know can hurt your website.
Read it because: You need an overview of what encryption means and why it's increasingly important.
4. Usability and Accessibility: Looking at User Experience through Two Lenses (Usability.gov)
Usability and accessibility are not the same thing, but they both contribute to the end user experience. These definitions are a great introduction to the concepts, as well as Section 508 requirements. This article is a great starting point, but the entire website is designed to be a resource for creating more usable websites.
Read it because: you need a good place to start with accessibility and compliance information.
5. 5 Things All Financial Advisors Should Know About Compliance (Producers Web)
Compliance is incredibly important to financial services companies, which are subject to federal and state regulations, as well as external and internal auditing bodies and processes. What's understood at the organizational level doesn't always filter down to individual advisors.
Read it because: your decentralized business model creates new concerns for compliance.
Is web accessibility and compliance a big concern for your website? Is it something you've invested in, or relatively new to you? What are your best practices? Let us know in the comments.
Karo was born in Poland, and learned to speak English by watching "Saved by the Bell" reruns during her first summer in the U.S., which has left her unable to go through life without occasionally breaking the fourth wall. As Percussion's content marketing manager, she oversees and creates content that drives website traffic, engages followers, and helps fill the marketing and sales funnel. She writes about content management, content marketing, SEO, social media and web design, and how to make it all less complicated.