In recent times, many companies – from automobiles to banking – have spent a lot of time, effort and resources to make their website content Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant. However, many have overlooked the fact that most websites contain many documents (in PDF), which are not ADA compliant.

With PDF being the choice for online catalogue offerings, documents and forms for many websites, it’s essential that they be made fully accessible. This will ensure that the company’s website, in its entirety, is fully compliant with accessibility standards such as Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1).

Why is ADA compliance important?

The law requires all commercial websites to be ADA compliant. Many renowned companies have found themselves in expensive litigation for non-compliance. Many of the popular B2C and B2B portals are now insisting that MSDS documents, Installation guides, Service Manuals etc submitted by their vendors be ADA compliant.

How to check ADA compliance?

Here’s a checklist to help you:

  • Do a thorough inventory of all the documents on your website’s public interface.
  • Review the documents to check how many are already ADA compliant with respect to form, tables, images, tabs, color, links, headings etc.
  • Employ reputable third-party vendors to ensure ADA compliance.

How can we help?

The task of getting all your PDFs ADA compliant can be quite daunting and require a lot of time and effort, but it is well worth the effort. After all, your website is your brand and your interface with clients, it’s good business sense to ensure that all potential users are able to access all parts of it. At APA Engineering, we understand the importance of compliance and have a dedicated team to cater to all your ADA compliance requirements for both websites as well as documents.

Do reach out to us at compliance@apaengineering.com for a free evaluation.