Monitoring compliance with the Web Guidelines
Ongoing monitoring is the periodic assessment of a website in order to identify barriers to accessibility and remove them. Ongoing monitoring ensures that digital properties, such as websites or mobile apps, continue to meet web accessibility standards, guidelines and regulations.
How does EqualWeb monitor compliance?
An evaluation of the website is performed to identify accessibility gaps and barriers faced by people with disabilities. It is only after the evaluation has been completed and a report issued, remediation and progression testing have taken place, and the website has reached the necessary level of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 conformance, in which the ongoing monitoring process begins.
It is recommended that the site be reviewed every six months, at the very least, to verify that no new barriers have developed after the initial remediation process. This time frame, however, is dependent on how often the website’s content or templates change. Companies with dynamic websites may choose to have their monitoring done on a quarterly basis, while others may choose to do it even more often.
Online retailers, for example, may monitor their websites every month due to the amount of content that changes within any given month.
To remain accessible, ongoing monitoring is essential. As rules, regulations, and technology regarding accessibility change, ongoing monitoring is one way to stay up to date with the new requirements. It also ensures that your website continues to be accessible and welcoming to everyone.
EqualWeb has developed a comprehensive accessibility solution to help organizations follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and achieve and maintain compliance with standards and regulations. This includes integrating web compliance evaluation services with assistive technology to deliver a transformative experience for people with disabilities.