Revamped White House Website Aims For Inclusivity And Accessibility

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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive at the White House on Jan. 20. The Biden administration has made several changes to the White House website with an eye toward inclusivity and accessibility.

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The Census Bureau reported in 2016 that Spanish was «by far» the largest non-English language spoken in the U.S., spoken by 13.3% of the population age 5 and older.

Plus, the updated White House website allows users to enlarge the font and toggle back and forth to «Dark Mode» for an easier viewing experience.

A statement on the site says it is working toward conforming to an established set of accessibility guidelines in an effort to help make make web content accessible to all users, including those with sensory, cognitive and mobility disabilities.

«This commitment to accessibility for all begins with this site and our efforts to ensure all functionality and all content is accessible to all Americans,» it reads.

And, as Reuters cybersecurity correspondent Raphael Satter reported, the White House is actively seeking out tech specialists to continue improving the site.

The incoming Biden admin has hidden a message for IT folk in https://t.co/vF4SFEypzm's source code: pic.twitter.com/au0kdv0Fgp

— Raphael Satter (@razhael) January 20, 2021

A message visible in the site’s source code invites techies to join the U.S. Digital Service, a technology unit within the White House that was launched in 2014 with the stated mission to «deliver better government services to the American people through technology and design.»

The invitation borrows a turn of phrase likely familiar to anyone who has followed news of the Biden campaign-turned-administration: «If you’re reading this, we need your help building back better.»

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