Not that long ago, online accessibility was a hot topic in the web design community. We designers loved to add WCAG logos to the sites we built so that we could show evidence of our expertise - even though those logos were not exactly pretty...
More recently though, enthusiasm doesn’t feel quite as strong as it used to be. Sometimes people seem to look on it all as a bit of a chore, and with a poor ROI to boot, rather than as a fundamental aspect of good web design.
Ensuring that all visitors can use their online services, whatever their needs, is often a much higher priority to the kinds of organisation we prefer to work with. Furthermore, it’s a legal issue.
Besides, we think combining quality UX design with accessibility is one of the challenges that makes web design interesting, and we certainly don’t want to disempower people with special requirements. In fact, we believe that a focus on accessibility and usability for all visitors helps us think in a more focussed way about the fundamental requirements for a website, so consequently it can improve everyone’s online experience – it’s not just for people who use screen readers.
Big up accessibility
If you need to convince your boss or the person who holds the purse strings that you should be building accessibility into your projects, ‘The Inaccessible Web‘ is a great place to start your investigations. It is a useful, informative read for anyone who cares about information being available to everyone, regardless of what technological needs they may have.
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If you want to know more about how we approach web projects, please read our Web design and build process post.
Accessible websites and apps can absolutely be beautiful, innovative and user-friendly.
Here are some more places that can help you find out how accessible your website really is.