Web accessibility was a really hot topic for our clients a few years ago. It cooled down in during the pandemic, but recently we’ve started fielding some more questions and interest in the topic. The other day I came across this article that offers a decent introduction into all the things you need to consider.
Web accessibility – often abbreviated as a11y – means creating a website that anyone, no matter what their physical, cognitive or other abilities currently are. This is what makes this concept so difficult, because its entirely open ended with no boundaries. CU*Answers Web Services, like most places, follows W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines when looking for conformance. Note, we use the word conforming to the guidelines, this is not currently a compliance issue.
It’s overwhelming. This article offers an introduction to web accessibility and addresses several of the common issues we see in our own scans of our client sites. Hopefully reading this article gets you thinking about how you can make your own website more accessible to more members. And remember, if you need help, CU*Answers Web Services offers our Web Quality Assurance Service that includes WCAG reporting.