The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, often abbreviated to WCAG, are a series of guidelines for improving web accessibility. First produced by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in 1999, the WCAG are the components to be considered and included, where possible, to make your website useful to all of your users.
Catering for people who are blind or vision impaired is easier than you might think, and is considered a mandatory project inclusion by most of our clients.
Blind website users
A person who has a visual disability will not be able to read the screen or find the mouse - useful because it requires hand and eye coordination. Instead, this person must navigate the Web page using only the keyboard and screen readers.
Catering for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing may not seem immediately obvious when you look at a predominantly visual medium like the web - however it can be inaccessible to people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
This is because many Deaf Australians use Australian Sign Language (Auslan) as their first and preferred language. Therefore for some people who use Auslan, English is their second language. Auslan is different to English and involves using your hands, body and facial expressions to communicate with those around you.
For all our clients who use PayPal for the provisioning of payments, we have been watching the PayPal Merchant Security Roadmap news and can inform you that deadline for any changes have now changed.
The SSL Certificate Upgrade testing has commenced and will continue until the end of September 2016.
The TLS 1.2 and HTTP/1.1 Upgrade is still required however it will not be mandatory until June 30, 2017.
Geolocation and privacy
The addition of geolocation features, also known as location-based services, to your website provides great benefits to your business and your website visitors. They allow you to provide information directly based on location (e.g. events or service offerings in a particular region) or send messages about promotions and specials. These services have great marketing potential and are an effective way of keeping your customers updated with your latest products and information.
Are you concerned your Drupal website has been hacked? It is a possibility - especially if you are using Drupal 7 and have not applied the DRUPAL-SA-CORE-2014-005 security patch.