Accessibility

Web Accessibility Development

It is important to think about accessibility when designing your web site.  You do not want to lose a potential client or customer because they cannot access your web site to gain the valuable information or service you have to offer.  Today, web sites are much more dynamic and incorporate complex graphics and multimedia creating new barriers for the disabled as assistive technology cannot resolve.

Meeting the standards of an accessible website first requires an awareness of the special needs of users who have disabilities. The four main categories of disabilities are visual, hearing, mobility, and cognitive and learning disabilities.

A person with a visual disability may rely on a text reading. Since text readers cannot obtain information from an image, it is important to add alternate text of the image that a text reader can understand. This is especially important if you are using images has navigation.

People who are color blind or who have low vision benefit from good contrasting colors.

People who are deaf or hard of hearing require visual representations of auditory information that the Web site provides.  You must ensure that audio output information is provided in a redundant equivalent visual form.

People with mobility disabilities have physical impairments that substantially limit movement and fine motor controls, such as lifting, walking, and typing.  Making your web site accessible will make it more compatible with voice input and control technologies.

People with cognitive or learning disabilities, such as dyslexia and short-term memory deficit, need more general solutions, which include providing a consistent design and using simplified language.

To make your web site accessible to all, please contact us for a quote.