When text requires reading ability more advanced than the lower secondary education level after removal of proper names and titles, supplemental content, or a version that does not require reading ability more advanced than the lower secondary education level, is available.

Testing & Remediation

How to test: There are a number of free tools that help you analyze the readability of text. We recommend checking your content in either the readabilityformulas.com or the Datayze readability analyzer. How to remediate: If your content is written in a way that requires a higher level of education to comprehend, you'll need to provide at least one of the following:
  • Text summary that can be understood by people with lower secondary education level reading ability
  • Providing visual illustrations, pictures, and/or symbols to help explain ideas, events & processes
  • Providing a spoken version of the text
  • Making the text easier to read
  • Providing sign language version of information, ideas and processes that must be understood in order to use the content

Questions and Answers

How do I know if my websites structure is layed out correctly?

Your site should have the correct semantic elements (header, main, footer, article, etc) in the order that they are intended to be read. This means that sometimes this isn't the order that makes styling the page the easiest. You must also ensure that all your heading levels are hit in the order. This means that you should not skip from an h1 to an h4, and so on.

Does my site need to be usable if the CSS and javascript doesn’t load?

Not necessarily, but there are a few things that you need to make sure of:
  • The page should be using the proper semantic elements. This means things like header, nav, aside, etc.
  • All headings and page content should flow in a logical order. H1 > H2> etc.
  • Without styling, elements should still be in the order they are intended to be read or listened to.

Can I specify the language of specific parts of my page?

Yes, you can, and yes you should! The same way you specific the language of the document in the HTML tag with lang="en" you can specify the language of individual elements the same way! Consider your example:
<p>The french word <span lang="fr">bonjour</span> means hello in english.</p>

How long does the accessibliity process take?

This question depends on a number of factors including size of site, desired level of conformance, your developer's understanding of accessibility techniques, etc. Accessible Web is here to help. Reach out and we can discuss your site specifically.