Making Your Website Accessible to All People through Audit
It is undeniable that our world today, whether personal, business or government, has become dependent on the internet to conduct services from shopping to selling, doing your taxes and banking, or as simple as enjoying conversations with friends on social media.
With these new technologies, the accessibility of these various media like a website, should be considered not only for those people who are perfectly capable, but also to those who have some deficiencies or disabilities. For example, you are to consider a person who is hard in hearing to listen what you are advertising, or a blind person to make a purchase, or a person with no mobility to navigate your website without the using his or her hands.
To be able to make your website accessible under the above mentioned circumstances, it is recommended under a government act that you have it undergo an accessibility audit. So, the general immediate reasons why an audit on accessibility has to be conducted for your site are to comply to a legal requirement to make it accessible to persons with disabilities, so you will not lose potential clients since it is already accessible , and so that your ranking in search engine can be helped to move up by being WC3 compliant.
To be accessible compliant, you can begin by getting the services of a professional web design company who can audit your site for accessibility. On the other hand, people who want to perform the audit themselves, there are some pointers briefly described below to conduct the accessibility audit.
An easy immediate step is by having a general sweep of the site, and this is can be done by having various people, both inside and outside your business, to take a look at your website and then get their opinions on what they think is the degree of your site’s usability.
Another way is to view the site using hand-held mobile devices in various browsers, then turn off images in different browsers and see if the page can still be read.
You can then check if your code validates when using the W3C online validator, and thus it is ensured to be following the web standards. Note that there are other additional tools you can use to check the accessibility aspect of your site, but these are not powerful enough compared to a full audit.
Knowing that you have solved the accessibility issues is very important, so you have to put your findings into practice as your final test in this concern. Your best approach here is to go through each step mentioned methodically or one by one.