If your website doesn’t meet accessibility standards, then you could be sued for discrimination. Scary thought, right? We don’t want you to end up with a criminal record – after all, it wouldn’t be great for your personal reputation, or that of your company. Likewise, not being accessible means not being fair to around 10% of the world’s population that suffers with a disability affecting internet usage, that’s currently around 72m people.
It’s not just disabled people you need to think about, it’s also those using web-enabled televisions and mobile phones. It’s about giving access to users who have different screen sizes, browser types and settings.
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Here are just a few of the things you need to consider:
- Use headings correctly and think about the structure of your content
Screen reader users can use heading structure to navigate content. By using headings correctly, the content of your website will be organised and easily interpreted by screen readers.
- Use proper alt text for images
Alt texts should be provided for images so that screen reader users can understand the message conveyed by the use of images on the page. This is especially important for informative images, such as infographics.
- Make sure your links are descriptive
When including links in your content, use text that properly describes where the link will go – ‘click here’ is not considered descriptive and isn’t effective for a screen reader user.
- Carefully consider the colours you’re using
Red-green colour deficiency, affects approximately 8% of the population. Using these colours will prevent some individuals from understanding your message. In addition, other groups with disabilities, particularly users with learning disabilities can benefit from the correct use of colour.
- Get forms right
Form fields need to have descriptive labels. In addition, the tab order should follow the visual order.
Having a truly inclusive website means, no matter what their ability, people can access your content. It’s thinking about W3C standards, using plain language, colour contrast, page layout and so much more.
Want to ensure you’re accessible?
Speak to us here at Forepoint. We can provide advice, support and great websites that work for all!