Accessibility

We think that you PROBABLY don’t know about this.

 

Accessibility to all.

The US government, the EU, the World Wide Web Consortium(W3C), Google, Bing and the ISO’s are pushing extremely hard to make all electronic documents “accessible to all”. Of course websites fall under the umbrella of electronic documents. Yet scant regard has been given to making websites accessible to disabled people. Why? because it cost money. The above mentioned organisations will get their way. So how do you get website owners to do something that they don’t really want to do? Easy, you make accessibility, via screen readers for blind people and correct use of the tab key, for physically disabled people, part of the good on-page SEO (Search Engine Optimization) remit.

Don’t be alarmed, of course there are many things that may need to be corrected.

Section 508 , wcag 1,  wcag 2

So, when you ordered your website how much time did you and your web designer spend talking about access for the disabled?

Following is a list of some of the criteria that search engines checks your website for:

Accessibility
Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards (Section 508)
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG 1.0)
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0)

Browser Compatibility
Android
Blackberry
Chrome
Internet Explorer     from version 7
Firefox
Netscape
Opera
Safari
iPhone/iPad

Errors
Server Configuration
Content Issues
Blocked Links
Page Limits
User Defined Errors
HTTP Status Codes
Script Errors

Privacy
US CAN-SPAM Act 2003
Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003

Search Engine Guidelines
Google Webmaster Guidelines
Google SEO Starter Guide
Google Blogs and Webmaster Videos
Bing Webmaster Guidelines
SEO Best Practice – General
Robots.txt Standard
SEO Best Practices – Wikipedia
Yahoo Webmaster Guidelines

Usability
Readability Guidelines
Usability.gov: Research-Based Web Design & Usability Guidelines
W3C Usability Best Practices

Web Standards
W3C CSS Validation
W3C Deprecated Features
W3C HTML Validation
W3C HTML5
W3C Style Guide

 

How can I find out want needs doing to my website?

We can run a full report for you, which will check your site against all of the above.

What are the benefits of resolving these issues?

  • Improved visitor experience
  • Better visitor accessibility
  • Improved search results via more search engines
  • Reach a larger number of potential visitors via more devices and platforms
  • Delivering better search