White house adds accessibility features to the government website

The White House enters Web-Accessibility

Web accessibility has been embraced by the highest office in the land: U.S. President Joe Biden pledged the administration’s commitment to remediating the WhiteHouse.gov website, elevating it to meet WCAG 2.1 standards.

In fact, it was one of the first things that the U.S. administration undertook soon after Biden’s inauguration.

WhiteHouse.gov is the official website for all presidential matters, & now it has two new web accessibility functions: high contrast mode & large font size.

The high contrast mode, which can also be described as a dark & light mode feature, can toggle the modern-looking, clean, & minimal presidential website from an off-white background with dark blue headlines to a black background with white headlines (& links in elegant dijon).

The font toggle function enlarges all text on the page, condensing all the information into one column which can be scrolled up & down as a feed.

All in all, nice accessibility features of web technology.

According to Tech Crunch outlet, the administration stated :

“This commitment to accessibility for all begins with this site & our efforts to ensure all functionality & all content is accessible to all Americans.

“Our ongoing accessibility effort works towards conforming to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.1, level AA criteria.”

We applaud the White House for making its website more accessible for people with disabilities, as the mission towards inclusivity is an ongoing process that should enter the day-to-day concerns of website owners across the globe.

As we indicate in every opportunity, the WCAG standards are the best accessibility guidelines for remediating websites. Conforming to WCAG assists in expanding the outreach to people with disabilities & complying with regulations.