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How to do an accessibility audit

Posted by Lucy Collins on Jul 31, 2020 12:45:37 PM

On 23rd September 2020 all public sector websites should be accessible to users with disabilities. But why is this important and how can you achieve accessibility?

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Digital exclusion and online accessibility

Posted by Dr Sarah Burton Taylor on May 22, 2020 8:45:00 AM

Working in the digital industry, it is very easy to forget that not everyone is technologically competent and totally reliant on/ addicted to the World Wide Web.

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What is the law on accessibility?

Posted by Peter Collins on Nov 20, 2019 1:39:00 PM

We have recently seen has been a flurry of requests for accessibility audits. In the UK this seems to be driven by new regulations for public sector websites and in the US due to a rise in accessibility litigation. So what are the legal requirements to make your website accessible?

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Thoughts from the MD: who is responsible for accessibility?

Posted by Peter Collins on Nov 19, 2019 9:56:53 AM

Conducting an accessibility audit is usually viewed as a techy activity and is best done by a coding pro. While a knowledge of HTML is important, this is only part of the skill set required.

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Assistive technologies: screen readers and magnifiers

Posted by Lucy Collins on Oct 17, 2019 6:52:53 PM

The online world can be an unfriendly place for users with disabilities. While access technology has come on leaps and bounds, with a range of options available to users with visual or motor impairments, many websites still do not make it easy for users of assistive technologies.

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WCAG 2.1: common website accessibility fails

Posted by Lucy Collins on Jun 21, 2019 2:08:18 PM

All websites should be accessible to disabled users, not only for ethical and commercial considerations, but also for legal. The Equality Act 2010 (EQA) prohibits discrimination from providers of services, good and facilities (EQA Section 21(1)). In 2011 the Human Rights Commission published a Statutory Code of Practice for "Services, public functions and associations" under the EQA explicitly stating that commercial websites are included in the scope of the EQA for the provision of services.

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Topics: Accessibility, Usability Testing

Usability testing with disabled users

Posted by Lucy Collins on Jun 18, 2019 10:41:00 AM

Your website should be usable and accessible for everyone. Testing with disabled users is essential to achieve a comprehensive accessibility evaluation of your website.

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Topics: Accessibility, Usability Testing

Website Accessibility: Guidance and the Law

Posted by Lucy Collins on Oct 30, 2018 6:02:03 PM

Website accessibility introduction

Website accessibility is an essential part of website development. It is also a complex beast to get your head around. There is a mass of guidance and legislation – some of it seemingly contradictory.

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Accessibility audit vs. accessibility testing

Posted by Peter Collins on May 13, 2013 11:44:42 AM

Trenton Moss has posted an article Accessibility audit vs. accessibility testing on the e-consultancy site. This is a very interesting article and I agree with much of what Trenton has said. I would however, like to take issue with one or two points he makes. Trenton says "The Disability Rights Commission have consistently said that testing a website with real disabled users is the only [my italics] way to ensure it offers optimum accessibility - the PAS 78 document very strongly state that accessibility testing is the way to uncover all [my italics] accessibility issues..."

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Local Authority websites and disabled users

Posted by Peter Collins on Apr 9, 2013 5:05:27 PM

There was an interesting piece on the BBC's In Touch programme this week talking about Local Authority web sites getting worse, not better, for blind people to use. Julie Howell, who is on a British Standards Institute working party developing standards for accessible site development, commented:

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