One of the top goals at the State of Utah is to make websites and applications, across our many different agencies, accessible for all people including those with varying impairments. By prioritizing accessibility, we demonstrate our commitment to those we serve by fostering a sense of inclusivity, and ultimately enhance the user experience for everyone.
In an effort to expand accessibility access, we hope to reach those with the following disabilities:
- Limited or no vision
- Motor functionality
- Limited or no auditory perception
- Cognitive abilities
To achieve this goal, the state has adopted the use of a design system that includes an accessibility standards checklist. Key takeaways from that list include a focus on the following:
- Content is structured logically using HTML code, to help with use of screen readers.
- Text is large enough and has the right contrast to be legible.
- Text is in plain language that is understandable at an 8th grade level.
- Contrast requirements are met for all text, and elements on the layout of the site.
- Color is not the only method used to convey meaning for a specific interaction or information.
- Images that add to the content of the site have descriptive alternative text, to be read by screen readers.
- Text that overlaps images maintains contrast requirements for legibility purposes.
- All form elements have a descriptive label
- Elements are both visibly noticeable and announced by screen readers when they have focus.
Content with Motion
- Audio and video content should not start immediately.
- The user should also be able to start, stop and pause any video and most motion.
- When the user zooms in on a page the content and elements on a page are resized and reoriented appropriately.
- Text remains legible
- Provide captions or transcripts of videos for those who have limited or no auditory perception.
- Ensure that PDF documents meet contrast requirements, and are properly tagged for screen readers.
Report Accessibility Issues
If you are having accessibility or usability issues with Utah.gov websites, please use the form below to help us improve or call the Utah.gov Support team at: 801-983-0275