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17 Adjustments You Can Make to Your Website  for Better Accessibility

Web developer Mary Gillen shares 17 adjustments you can make to your website today that make it more accessible to visitors with disabilities. WCAG 2.0

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How You’re Insulting 285,000,000 Accessibility Users

When we think about Website Accessibility people often think about responsive designs, there’s so much more. No longer are we able to design and create an incredible website with such ease – we used to just come up with a great looking design, as long as those colours worked and you had a navigation, heck people were happy! It’s only now we start to live by a philosophy that every user matters. That’s why now our focus has shifted into thinking about accessibility, or at least that’s what we should be thinking about.

Every user matters, not just the majority

Accessibility, in my view, is one of the leading factors that Web Designers and Front-End Developers need to be concentrating in. Governments, Schools, Businesses and people around the globe have all considered it for years, but it was slow off the mark when it came to the web. You may have noted that in the past, most websites just concentrated on design and appearance, it’s only with the rapid growth of UX Design that accessibility is a focus.

Conclusion

For the majority of us, we’re probably already doing half of these things without realizing it, only we just need to tweak our ways slightly to benefit not only ourselves, but those millions of disabled and impaired users too. Before we embark on our next project, it’s probably worth looking over the related Government Acts above, check their guidance and use it the best we can. Small adaptations in our thought process can help us build a better more accessible website.

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Accessibility Shouldn’t Be a Mystery | edUi Conference

In the past several years, ensuring web content is accessible to people with disabilities has received a lot more attention than ever before. New regulations are coming out that align US government accessibility requirements with the guidelines established by the World Wide Web Consortium Web Accessibility Initiative; courts are ruling that the Internet is a place of public accommodation and subject to accessibility laws; and most importantly, businesses and higher ed organizations are realizing that including people with disabilities is the right thing to do.

Yet what accessibility means to people with disabilities and the impact it can have once guidelines are followed can be a source of mystery for the general web public and for organizations that recognize the need to comply but are confused about exactly what to do.

I’d like to de-mystify this for you, and ensure you that accessibility is far less about specific disabilities and much more about general user experience best practices. But first, let’s get some terms straight.

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Styling Forms Accessibly | UX Booth

I was waiting at a bus stop when I realized that the person next to me was using sign language over FaceTime on her phone. I had never thought about how video calling benefitted communication for hearing-impaired people.

There is so much that accessibility enables. As a UX developer, I try to incorporate accessibility needs as much as I can when I build websites and web applications so I always enjoy seeing everyday considerations….

When sites are correctly designed and developed, all users have access to all of the information and functionality. In the world of the web, forms are one of the most important pieces for conversion, so striving for good user experience in forms is paramount.

Let’s take a look at how we can create better user experiences for users filling out our web forms through accessibility.

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Is it time to make web accessibility more, well, accessible? | CharityComms

When you work in the business of creating something, be it selling a brand or promoting a cause, you want it to be seen by as many people as possible. The more barriers you put in front of a prospective audience, the lower the potential impact.

This, essentially, is the principle behind online accessibility – eliminating the barriers an audience faces. After all, almost one in five people in the UK has a disability.

Websites designed with accessibly in mind ensure that mentally or physically impaired users can reach and consume the content in two ways: unassisted and assisted.

An analogy I like to use is – if the web were a house, the former is the staircase (your basic browser, essentially) and the latter a lift (the use of assistive technologies such as screen readers).Working, as my agency does, with a host of clients in the pro-social sector, these principles are of particular relevance and are why we spend a lot of time considering the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)… as should anyone who uses digital to convey their message.

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A Web Accessibility Primer – Part 2 | Usability Matters

A detailed look at some resources and terms that correspond to the four principles of web accessibility outlined by WCAG 2.0Gain a better understanding of the WCAG principles of web accessibility through a set of terms and resources to guide you.

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Notes on Using ARIA in HTML

This document is a practical guide for developers on how to add accessibility information to HTML elements using the Accessible Rich Internet Applications specification [WAI-ARIA-1.1], which defines a way to make Web content and Web applications more accessible to people with disabilities. This document demonstrates how to use WAI-ARIA in [HTML51], which especially helps with dynamic content and advanced user interface controls developed with Ajax, HTML, JavaScript, and related technologies.

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