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Why Perform A Website Accessibility Audit?

By September 29, 2020 October 16th, 2020 ACCESSIBILITY NEWS, WEBSITE ACCESSIBILITY
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The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) publishes the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) which provides recommendations (usually found after performing a website accessibility audit) for making websites more accessible to users with disabilities including “accommodations for blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity, and combinations of these, and some accommodation for learning disabilities and cognitive limitations.”

P.O.U.R. (Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, Robust)

Established by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) the following Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1) should be analyzed during a website accessibility audit:

Perceivable

Operable

Understandable

Robust

Source: https://www.w3.org/WAI/standards-guidelines/wcag/glance/

What is ADA Compliance?

ADA compliance refers to the Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design, which states that all electronic and information technology (like websites) must be accessible to people with disabilities. It is not the same as 508 compliance.

T-Base Specialized in Website Accessibility Audits

A website accessibility audit should include:

  • A detailed explanation of what and where the issues are for each of the 12 Guidelines and 61 Success Criteria outlined in WCAG 2.0/2.1.
  • A ranking of priorities along with specific instructions on what needs to be done to address each issue on the website.
  • Overall web content accessibility best practices education.
  • Information pertaining to adaptive accessibility technology products used by people with disabilities in relation to your site’s design and recommendations on which products to use to ensure future accessibility.

T-Base offers both a high-level website compliance analysis to gauge your site’s level of compliance with WCAG Guidelines as well as a full, in-depth website audit which is a more comprehensive look at your site including remediation advice to improve any issues found during the audit. Click here to schedule a website accessibility audit with T-Base today!

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