Know the Importance of Auditing Your Website for Accessibility to All
We live in a world today that is so dependent on the internet as a means of communicating with our friends, to do business by offering our products or services, or for our simple obligations like paying taxes, banking, and others.
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. Therefore, the basic general reasons behind conducting an accessibility audit is for your site to comply to a legal requirement to make it disability friendly, so that your company will not lose potential customers by becoming accessible, and so that your ranking in the search engine will be helped to move up the ladder by being WC3 compliant.
To start your process in being accessible compliant, you can begin by hiring a professional web design company and get their services to audit your site for accessibility. Some people though would want to do it themselves, and so we have some guidelines too to be able to audit accessibility of a site.
One can start with a general sweep of the site, which means getting as many different individuals, both inside and outside your field, to take a look at your site and get their initial opinions about the usability of the site.
Another way is to view your site in many different browsers with the use of hand-held mobile devices, then try turning off images in those 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.
To put a final test if your solutions are effective, you are to put into practice your findings to ensure that the issues about inaccessibility are solved. By going through each step mentioned one by one or methodically, you can have the best approach for your solutions.