What is Web Accessibility?
Website Accessibility is making sure that your website has the tools and pieces put in place so that it can be used properly by people with disabilities.
This includes people with:
- Impaired Cognitive functions
- Physical disabilities
- Impaired Auditory functions
- Visual Impairment
There are some common practices that we do as web developers, but you can do as well that will help your website be more accessible for your users.
- One of the easiest is to add ALT (alternative) text to your images. This ensures that someone can still visualize an image if they are visually impaired because their screen reader will tell them what the picture is based on what you fill in for its ALT text.
- Making your website enable keyboard input so that they can interact with your website only using a keyboard. This helps some people who have difficulty using a mouse.
- Have an audio transcript of your website present so that someone audibly impaired will be able to listen to a description of your website and hear with their screen reader where everything is.
- Have a good colour scheme that has high contrast and make sure that the text is able to be read without difficulty. For example, don’t put purple text on a purple background as it will be difficult to see if you have a visual impairment.
- Use headers in your website build to structure your website in a way that is easy to understand and will show your website in a kind of building block format where it flows from one section to the next.
- Enable text resizing on your website. This goes back to visual impairment again.
These are just some of the common practices, but there is so much more about accessibility to learn. You can check out the official website on Accessibility to learn all that you can about how we can make our websites great for everyone to use!
Website Accessibility: https://www.w3.org/WAI/fundamentals/accessibility-intro/
When the time comes for expert guidance, you can contact the team at Sofa Communications. We have built many websites with accessibility in mind, especially for groups that are funded by levels of government with specific accessibility expectations. We’re here to help!