Forget Coat Check, You Need To Color Check

If you aren’t already aware of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), there’s no better time than the present to get started. WCAG is a central element of a series of web accessibility guidelines published by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the main international standards organization for the Internet.

In English, these are the standards that let people with disabilities interact with your online content. As of now, WCAG compliance is not required on any national level, but that could change. You can prevent getting blindsided by regulations by starting the review and modification process now, so changes can then be rolled out in stages.

One of the best places to begin that you can do first hand, is begin checking color contrast for fundamental web content like font, link, and button colors.

In order to help you get started, I published an article at ArtsHacker.com that provides step-by-step instructions along with online resources you can use.

Ease Into Web Accessibility With Color Contrast

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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