Accessibility

Collaborating for Better Design, Technology, and User Experience

Aug 30, 2018 |

Overview of initiatives across Federal government that focus on IT design, development and accessibility. Read »

Collaborating for Better Design, Technology, and User Experience

New USAGov Program Aims to Help Agencies Market Within the Federal Government

Apr 2, 2018 |

The Outreach and Marketing team from USAGov helps agencies amplify their key messages through a variety of channels. Read »

New USAGov Program Aims to Help Agencies Market Within the Federal Government

Why Your Team Needs Its Own Style Guide and Where to Start

Feb 13, 2018 |

Learn how creating your own style guide can help facilitate development for agency websites. Review best practices, lessons learned, and examples from the U.S. Web Design System, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Read »

Why Your Team Needs Its Own Style Guide and Where to Start

Using Journey Mapping to Streamline Processes Across Agencies

Feb 5, 2018 |

Summary of an agency information sharing exercise to improve the customer experience for newly naturalized citizens attempting to travel abroad. Read »

Using Journey Mapping to Streamline Processes Across Agencies

Learn About the Updated IT Accessibility Standards

Jan 30, 2018 |

Effective January 18, 2018, the revised 508 standards modernize the federal government’s IT accessibility standards and bring us into alignment with governments around the world. Read »

Learn About the Updated IT Accessibility Standards

Slack AMA Connect Standards Team with Public

Sep 25, 2017 | , , , ,

The Standards team hosted their first AMA (Ask Me Anything) with the public in August. Here’s a breakdown of the big topics discussed during the chat. Read »

Slack AMA Connect Standards Team with Public

A Conversation With ITIF About the State of Federal Government Websites

Sep 20, 2017 |

Since it’s been nearly six months since their report was released, we wanted to check in with ITIF and see what they’ve learned, what they’ve heard from agencies and what their future plans are to build on this research. Read »

A Conversation With ITIF About the State of Federal Government Websites

Benefits of Accessible Design

May 9, 2017 |

According to the World Bank, approximately one billion people worldwide live with a disability, making up the world’s largest minority. Designing from an accessibility-first standpoint has the potential to benefit all stakeholders, not just people with disabilities, because accessible design typically delivers a better user experience. Currently many websites and digital platforms are inaccessible, which makes them difficult Read »

A Deeper Look into the USDA.gov Website Redesign

Apr 26, 2017 |

We hope you are finding it easier to get the information you need on USDA.gov following the launch of our site redesign in March. We’ve already welcomed over 1 million visitors to the new site and we are pleased with the positive feedback we’ve received thus far. Our redesign makes it easier for you to Read »

How the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Uses the U.S. Web Design Standards

Apr 12, 2017 |

As mentioned in our recent Q&A with the team at NASA, the U.S. Web Design Standards team is sitting down with various agencies that are using the Standards. In this second post in our series, we met with the team at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and learned how they used the Standards to Read »

NASA’s Journey With the U.S. Web Design Standards

Mar 24, 2017 |

The U.S. Web Design Standards were created by the government, for the government. They’re currently implemented on hundreds of government sites, with an audience of more than 26 million monthly users. They’ve also been recommended by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for all government agencies to ensure a consistent look and feel of Read »

New ITIF Report Inspires a Closer Look at Website Performance and Security—Here Is Where to Begin

Mar 24, 2017 |

The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) recently published a report, Benchmarking U.S. Government Websites, that looks at the performance, security, and accessibility of the top 297 government websites. ITIF is a think tank in Washington, D.C. whose mission is to formulate, evaluate, and promote policy solutions that accelerate innovation in technology and public policy. Read »

Mythbuster’s Guide to Accessibility: What We’ve Learned About 508 Compliance That All Technologists Can Use

Mar 22, 2017 |

As government technology improves and accelerates, the U.S. Digital Service has the opportunity to improve the most critical public-facing services across agencies. The services and products we create need to be accessible to everyone. Too often, we’ve seen others neglect accessibility because of some common misconceptions that make things difficult. In this post, we’ll debunk Read »

U.S. Web Design Standards Releases Version 1.0

Mar 13, 2017 |

The U.S. Web Design Standards are a library of design guidelines and code to help government developers quickly create trustworthy, accessible, and consistent digital government services. Last month, we announced the 1.0 release of the Standards, a milestone that signals the Standards are a stable, trustworthy resource for government designers and developers. By using the Read »

Writing for the Web Is Easy. Writing for Users Is Not.

Nov 7, 2016 | , ,

We all do it. Whether on Twitter, Facebook, or the comment section on a news article, it’s easy to get our writing on the internet. Many of us have personal websites or contribute to blogs. We work at organizations with content management systems that allow us to publish pages with a single button click. The Read »

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