Web accessibility is about ensuring that web content can be accessed by all regardless of ability or disability. Here at SimpleUsability we believe that all users should have equal access to information and enjoy the same user experience.
We offer accessibility services which can be integrated into all stages of your project lifecycle and will help you to improve the accessibility of your website. We measure the accessibility of your website against the WCAG 2.0 guidelines.
WCAG 2.0 covers a wide range of recommendations for making content accessible. Adhering to the guidelines will ensure that people with the following disabilities will benefit from changes made to your website.
- Low Vision
- Hearing Loss
- Learning disabilities
- Cognitive limitation
- Limited movement
- Speech disabilities
We will conduct a thorough manual code review of a selection of core pages code against the four WCAG 2.0 accessibility guidelines. We will also test your core pages using screen reader software. We JAWS based on the fact that it has 60% of the market share of assistive technology. We will highlight issues, explain how certain user groups may be affected by each issue and produce recommendations against each of the issues we raise.
We will train your developers or web content editors on the importance of accessibility and how they can build accessibility techniques into their current I.T programming frameworks.
Initially we will consult your business at the key initiation stage of your project lifecycle on accessibility considerations. We will then continue to work alongside existing teams and resources and guide you along the project lifecycle, acting as a technical point of contact or checking code.
We will test the user experience of your website with users who have various disabilities. This will give your insight into both accessibility and usability issues which the guidelines cannot express the severity of. Usability testing will help you to understand the impact these issues have on the end user and the potential difficulties users face when browsing your website.
Improving access improves profitability
Regulation and altruism aren’t the only reasons to address accessibility. It reaches out to a far greater audience than just the disabled community. An accessible website has social impacts for older people, people accessing the internet with low bandwidth connections and users with smart phones and iPads. An accessible website can address site development and maintenance time which will decrease I.T running costs. Furthermore, it can have significant impacts on search engine optimization (SEO) and help reduce the operational costs of traditional support services such as call centres.
Avoid costly rework
Integrating accessibility throughout all stages of the project lifecycle is the best way to ensure your website meets all the relevant Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0). Often accessibility is left until the testing stage of the project lifecycle and as a result, costly re-work is required.
Read more about the importance of accessibility within the project lifecycle (LINK) which explains how accessibility can be incorporated into the full project lifecycle without the need for re-work.