ACCESSIBILITY: Color Contrast Changes


By Matthew J. Adams
Jul 31, 2012

While the design of the LSA sites has been largely unified, the appearance is unique to each department and unit web site. We have begun assessing the color contrast ratios (colored text over colored backgrounds) and making subtle changes to the Cascading Style Sheets of some sites while maintaining the color palettes of those sites.

Changes are beginning to move onto production delivery today.

Color contrast ratios should pass the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) AA standards in order to accommodate persons with low vision; for example, In the United States alone, over 10 million men, nearly 7%, have some form of color blindness. 

Many low vision individuals use no additional adaptive technology for viewing websites. Achieving a "AA" rating will insure that individuals with low vision will be able to access the premium content on LSA websites.

More information on WCAG 2.0.

If you have questions or concerns about accessibility, please contact Matthew Adams.