We offer accessibility audits to assist you and your website developer develop a website which complies with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.
Making a website accessible has to be good for your business or organisation by promoting your products and services to a lot more people. Many techniques for improving accessibility will also be beneficial in raising your website in search engine results such as Google. Lets face it, morally it feels good too!
In the UK there are also legal implications around ensuring information is accessibility in the same way as a building which is open to the public would be expected to provide a door which is wide enough to allow a wheelchair user in. For those of you that are interested in this take a look at the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and RNIB. Despite this no current case law exists in the UK.
I will be using this section of the website to promote understanding of what accessibility is and how it assists people’s lives. Recently I have been out and about meeting different groups of people with varying disability's. I hope to bring some of their stories back to this website to increase understanding of people commissioning websites.
There are development implications of producing an accessible website.
Open source systems use many different developers from around the world, many of whom do not value accessibility as highly as we do here in the UK. Hence it is inevitable they will cost more as they will need to be tested and modified in order to comply with guidelines.
Few bespoke development projects could be developed to provide a greater amount of accessiblity as core, however costs required to support such systems and keeping them up to date could prove quite pricey.
If you are commissioning a website and do not know what to ask your website developer for, take a look at our in a nutshell guide to commissioning an accessible website.
Unless you have a range of access needs or are a specific technical interest in website accessibility then you probably won’t know. Despite automated testing tools the only way to test against recommendations would be a manual testing procedure.
We offer manually tested website accessibility audits from £300 per site.