Now, let’s look at the common myths about website accessibility.
Myth: Accessible websites are ugly and boring.
Truth: You can have highly interactive, beautiful, media-rich, engaging AND accessible website. An interactive, accessible website could be achieved by the use ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications). ARIA is an API for communicating information to screen readers.
Myth: Automation evaluation tools are enough.
Truth: Automation assessment tools only catch one-third of accessibility issues.
Myth: Making a website accessible does not have any additional benefits.
Truth: Making a website accessible helps with SEO and increases interoperability.
What should be your next steps?
“When speaking of disabilities, the blind and their needs are most often used as an example. It is deceivingly simplistic since accessibility is something most of the population can benefit from.” ― Marcus Österberg
The following actions would reduce your business’s risks to get sued or fined:
- Understand different types of disabilities and how assistive technologies help.
- Review the WCAG 2.0 checklist.
- If your website is already implemented, hire a consultant to audit it. Based on the results, you can put a plan for implementing changes that will make your site more accessible.
- If you are building a new website, include accessibility in your contract with your web developer.
This post was originally published by the author on LinkedIn.
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