Do you know what problems disabled users are faced with when accessing a website?
There are lots of disabilities out there, but accessing your website, should not pose an obstacle to any user. We as web developers should do all we can to make sure we can make our site as accessible as possible.
So common problems faced are:
Accessing a page without using your mouse.
Screen readers read out unwanted information left on the site.
Media on the site without a transcript.
Audio on a site, but no alternative for deaf or hard of hearing users.
Graphical media with no alternative text.
Links with no reference to where they go to.
Can't click on something without a mouse.
I just want to read the article not the whole site HTML.
I can't read that text properly.
Did something just happen?
These are just some examples of the common problems disabled users face when accessing websites. There are many more. Most of these problems listed are something we, as developers, should be covering as standard best practices for website builds.
Time for a change
I am not asking for a massive change in website development, but a slight adjustment to your best practices and once you deal with these issues, it will be common practice to continue with the many websites you create.
As your doing this, it also increases your website audience, which has to be a massive boost and incentive for you!
Scope About Disability
We recently launched the new Scope website, which was built in Kentico version 7. This site we needed to consider all of those common problems listed above and make sure the site was accessible when building our Kentico site.
This site is currently undergoing stringent independent accessibility testing with the objective of receiving AA accreditation.
How can I change my current website development and make it accessible?
Well, I have the slides below from a recent presentation, which will get you thinking about Website Development Accessibility and get you started with some of the standard procedures we should all be following.
As you can see this is something that could be incorporated into every web developer's processes to follow and will help towards making your site accessible.
Scope charity UK - About disability
Beyond guidelines: Advanced accessibility techniques