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Accessibility

Accessibility

Before we dive into web accessibility, we should understand what 'accessibility' entails.

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, accessibility is defined as ‘the fact of being able to be reached or obtained easily’ and ‘the quality of being easy to understand’.

So, let’s put it this way. Accessibility on the web is a way to reach and be understood by all people. Including people with lowered vision.

Web accessibility means that people with a lowered vision have access to and can use all information and functions online. For web designers and developers, web accessibility equals the act of making sites and apps available to everyone. This will increase the number of possible visitors, users and customers the site or app can attract.

Being accessible on the web may provide significant financial benefits. Just as importantly, accessibility is the right thing to do, both legally and morally. When making your website and your online documents accessible, you create a happier everyday and workday life for 28% more people.

In some countries, web accessibility is a legal requirement.
Since 2018, The European Web Accessibility Directive has aimed to give people who experience visual disabilities better access to public services, websites and mobile applications.You can download the entire directive below.
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Accessibility equals equality

Other than being required by law, web accessibility is just the right thing to do. Legally, but also morally. In many aspects of our life, the internet is an increasingly important resource, and we need it when dealing with the government, healthcare, commerce, education, employment, recreation and more. Presumably, we all agree that it is important that documents and websites are accessible to everyone.

Web accessibility will help a large group of people participate more actively in society. In short, this means that web accessibility provides equal access and equal opportunities.

Understand your users’ needs

We understand that this may seem a bit confusing and overwhelming, so let us assist you in finding the right tools to start. With the help of our AccessibilityAssistant, making accessible documents for the web is not that difficult. But more about that later – first, you need to understand how users with a lowered vision interact with a website or app.

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It can be helpful to think about disabilities in four categories, illustrated in a Sitepoint article:

Sources: w3.org, Sitepoint.com

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Visual disabilities

Users with visual disabilities may be blind, have relatively low vision, or be colorblind so that unannotated images and graphics or even low-contrast sites create problems.
02

Hearing disabilities

Deaf or hard-of-hearing users will have problems interacting with video and audio content, unless some form of transcription is available.
03

Fine motor skill disabilities

Users with fine motor skill disabilities may have difficulty using a mouse, may require more time to interact, and may have difficulty selecting small elements on a screen..
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Cognitive disabilities

Cognitive disabled users may have difficulty remembering information or data, may be easily distracted, or may have learning disabilities that affect how well they read text.
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Increases your number of customers and financial benefits

Often, an accessible document on your website is the easiest way to increase your audience and do business with people with a lowered vision. This is an audience which you wouldn’t have reached otherwise, so the effort you put into increasing accessibility overlaps with other optimizations of your website, such as mobile web design, usability and search engine optimization. Web accessibility will safeguard your website and allow you to reach the ‘total available market’ or ‘total addressable market’. With accessible documents on your website, you will have greater opportunities to reach your potential customer base. If more people can access your site, you will have a larger opportunity for new customers and a greater chance for sales success.

What’s more, according to the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), web accessibility also helps mobile users, elderly users, users with low-bandwidth connections, as well as with optimizing site content for search engines to index.

Accessibility equals equality

It's a bold statement, but we believe it to be true. And it's not as difficult to achieve as you think...

Want to ensure that you're live up to the legal regulations regarding accessible online documents?

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Our AccessibilityAssistant solutions is already in use with a multitude of organizations, from NGO’s to ministries.