Why you should strive to ensure that your website is disabled friendly?
The immediate benefit of having a website that is disabled friendly is that it expands your potential audience. Having more readers to your site is certainly an objective for many of us content writers.
While there are no clear website accessibility guidelines, it is our imperative as website owners to make the world (including the world wide web) a better and inclusive place for everyone.
At the time of writing, the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) only requires certain businesses to make accomodations for people with disabilities. They include businesses that is in an industry that is engaged with commerce, employing 15 or more full time employees on each working day and operates business for at least or more than 20 calendar weeks a year.
Instead of saying “click here” for your hyperlinks, describe what the hyperlink is about. Also, it helps to use contrasting colours for the hyperlinks so that it is easy to spot.
4. Black text on white background
By far the easiest text to read is black text on white background. Not only does it look formal, it is easy on the eyes even for those who are not visually impaired.
5. Increase surface area for clickable area
Be it text links, image links or the home page button, it helps to increase the surface of the clickable area as not every one has nimble fingers. They may not able to navigate the page as easily the rest of the people.
6. Break down your content into smaller paragraphs. Use headers.
By breaking down large chunks of text into smaller paragraphs, you are doing your readers a huge favour. It is easier for your readers to skim through the text to locate the information that they require. They will lose interest quickly as compared to when they are faced with a large chunk of text with no sub headings.
It is also easier for those who have difficulty in reading texts such as those who are dyslexic.
7. Keyboard friendly
Making your website keyboard friendly will be a great help for those physically impaired. Some readers have difficulty in navigating websites with a mouse, instead they rely on the keyboard to do so.
8. Make your website friendly for text to voice software
Make sure to use dots when there are abbreviations. For example, use “F.B.I” instead of “FBI” as the software will read it as “fa-bay”. Also, label every image so that the software can “read” the image.
Resources to help you to make your website disabled friendly
Web Accessibility in Mind aims to empower organisation to make their web content accessible to people with disabilities.
One of the article which I found useful is its article on Key Accessibility. The article teaches readers how to perform keyboard testing for accessibility. The “Tab”, “Enter” and “Spacebar” buttons are primarily used to navigate the web page. We have to understand the functions of each button and its expected result when performing the test.
What do you think of this article? Does it help you to make the website more accessible for the disabled and everyone else? Do let me know by leaving a comment!
Andronika is borderline mental. To prevent causing distress to those around her, she has decided to set up this personal blog as an outlet and connect to like-minded people. When she is not working on her blog, you can find her with catching up on her never-ending summer reading list, working on her barre moves or taking a siesta.
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