Making Your Website Accessible to All People through Audit
It is undeniable that our world today, whether personal, business or government, has become dependent on the internet to conduct services from shopping to selling, doing your taxes and banking, or as simple as enjoying conversations with friends on social media.
One thing to consider in the development of these different media like in websites, that it is accessible to both people who are perfectly capable and those who have some disabilities or deficiencies. Instances for example where your website becomes accessible to people who are deaf or have difficulty in hearing, or a person who cannot see but would like to buy from your site, or a person without mobility to go over your site without using his or her hands.
As recommended under a government act, you are to have your site undergo an accessibility audit so that it will become accessible to those people in those mentioned situations. 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 audit your site for accessibility, you can start by getting the services of a professional web design company who can audit your site. On the other hand, people who want to perform the audit themselves, there are some pointers briefly described below to conduct the accessibility audit.
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.
You can then view your website in different browsers with the use of hand-held mobile devices and try turning off images in different browsers and see if the pages are still readable.
Next step is to see if your code, with the use of W3C online validator, can validate and thus ensuring that your site is following the standards of the web. There are also other tools to check the accessibility of your site although not as powerful compared to a full audit.
Finally, you have to put into practice your findings to ensure that your accessibility issues are solved. Your best approach here is to go through each step mentioned methodically or one by one.