Accessibility - what does this mean?
Accessibility is basically the process of making sure your website is useable by people with disabilities.
- Sight loss. Can screen readers view your website, such as converting images to text?
- Hearing loss. Is there anything on your website that requires people to listen?
- Even things like a broken arm. Can they still use your website?
UK websites should be coded and designed to meet WCAG’s web accessibility principles. There are four of these, often referred to as POUR:
Perceivable: All users should be able to accurately see and read your website content. That means content must not exclude people with vision loss, hearing loss and other disabilities.
Operable: Website content should be responsive and simple to navigate for all users, for example, using keyboard only commands to navigate a website rather than a mouse.
Understandable: Website interfaces and information should be organized in a way that makes them easy to use, predictable to navigate and contain language that is understandable to all users.
Robust: Websites should be compatible wide a wide range of technology, including assistive technology tools that are commonly used by users with disabilities.
What are my responsibilities?
Your website needs to be useable by people with additional needs.
We will set your website up to meet these requirements during the build process. We include this for free, unlike most other local companies.
For charities and public sector websites, an Accessibility Statement is a legal requirement.
For private companies, it's considered only best practice.
We encourage you to publish one.
This link contains a generator: https://www.w3.org/WAI/planning/statements/generator/#create
If you're interested, ask us for the information required.