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Boston, MA adjusted the color palette of its website text to improve readability and accessibility

Boston, MA improved accessibility website text color palette


The City of Boston's Digital Team updated the city's website to improve accessibility after the Disability Commission received an email complaint about the site's color palette. The Digital Team addressed the color contrast issue by adjusting the site's pattern library to meet AA compliance based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. The updated website switches between light and dark options for text colors based on the background color to increase readability.


Boston, MA

Municipality in Massachusetts

United States of America



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The Digital Team always advocates the importance of accessibility in design. Our goal is to meet AA compliance, based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines from the organization that sets web standards.

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