Use an accessible, alternative version of your web pages

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According to Dutch law, the content of the websites of government agencies must be accessible. WCAG 2.1 is leading for this. Dutch government wil also introduce stricter legislation on accessibility for other organizations. But what if it is not possible to make your website entirely accessible? Then you can still fulfill your obligation by creating an alternative version of certain pages that is accessible. There are only some conditions attached to that. We will share the possibilities of an accessible, alternative version of your webpages with you.

When is an accessible, alternative version of your webpages useful?

It is sometimes impossible to make a page accessible. There are a variety of reasons for that:

Substantive requirements for the alternative version

There are a number of requirements that the alternative version of a page must meet by law. Namely:

  1. The accessible version of a page must meet the same requirements as the rest of your website. For government agencies, this page must therefore comply with WCAG 2.1.
  2. The accessible version must be as up to date as the original. So you will have to maintain both versions with the same frequency.
  3. The accessible version must have exactly the same information and functionality as the inaccessible version, in the same language or languages. The two versions may look different.
  4. The visitor must be able to reach the accessible version in one of these ways:

Requirements for the inaccessible version

Do you want to use an alternative, accessible version of your webpages? Then there are still some requirements for the inaccessible version of your page.

  1. Provide the option to turn off or mute sound that automatically plays for more than 3 seconds. Otherwise, someone using reading software may be hindered by the sound.
  2. Prevent a visitor using only a keyboard from getting stuck and unable to proceed.
  3. Allow visitors to stop moving, flashing, auto-refreshing, and scrolling parts. This is very distracting for people who have difficulty reading or concentrating.
  4. Do not flash elements in such a way that visitors can have a seizure. People with epilepsy or certain other conditions can have a seizure when looking at something that flashes more than three times per second.

These requirements are important because otherwise visitors with a challenge may not be able to use your website at all.

Aally as an alternative version

Do you want to easily create an alternative version for your inaccessible pages? You can with Aally. Aally puts an extra layer over your website, as it were. Through a button at the top right of the page, visitors with a challenge access the accessible version of your page. Aally is fully aimed at the end user and contains multiple solutions in one. Your website visitor chooses which tools he or she needs.

Curious? We are happy to show you how it works without obligation. Request a demo.