Accessibility in the digital world
Making a website or mobile app accessible means making sure it can be used by as many people as possible. This includes those with:
- impaired vision
- motor difficulties
- cognitive impairments or learning disabilities
- deafness or impaired hearing
Accessibility means more than putting things online. It means making your content and design clear and simple enough so that most people can use it without needing to adapt it, while supporting those who do need to adapt things.
A HELPFUL TOOL
One of the simpliest things you can do to make your website instantly more accessible is to ensure you have enough contrast between the background and your text content. There are many tools you can use to check elements of your site and tweak the colours as needed. Click below for a colour contrast tool that we prefer to use.
- Not sure if your website is accessible?
- Want to learn more about web accessibility?
- Do you need help conforming to accessiblity regulations?
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Do you have to meet accessibility regulations?
In the UK accessible content is a requirement mostly for public sector bodies. However, even if your company is not legally required to have an accessible website, it is still extremely important not exclude a large pool of users that may otherwise struggle to access your content.
At least 1 in 5 people in the UK have a long term illness, impairment or disability. Many more have a temporary disability. Having an accessible website means you can reach a much larger pool of users, which in turn can provide you with more conversions. We are also now living in world that is highly driven by online content and at Fringe Media we believe that nobody should be disadvantaged in the future of digital media.
Website Compliance Standards
There are a number of different compliance standards. The type of regulations applicable to your business depend on where your business operates from. While each standard aims to make all information (whether digital or print) accessible to people with disabilities, they are all different, however they all follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. In the UK we simply use the WCAG guide with no legal regulations established at this point. Have a look at some regulations applicable in North America.
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines is a series of standards developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). WCAG gives companies an actionable guide and resource for making a website accessible to users with disabilities.
There are three tiers:
- Level A: A site that some users can access.
- Level AA: A site that almost all users can access.
- Level AAA: A site that all users can access.
Recognized as an ISO standard, WCAG is the go-to resource for website accessibility. Please click here for all standards set out under WCAG 2.
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