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Thoughts from the MD: who is responsible for accessibility?

Posted by Peter Collins on Dec 11, 2020 11:45:00 AM

We are bringing this this one up from the archives as it is still as relevant as ever...

2020 has been an amazing year for accessibility, with great progress made by many organisations towards a more inclusive online environment.

But there is still a way to go, and we need everyone on board for this journey!

What is involved in an accessibility audit?

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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Topics: Accessibility

Accessibility of headings

Posted by Lucy Collins on Oct 19, 2020 3:55:44 PM

Heading elements are HTML code that help structure a web page. There are six levels of heading (<h1> to <h6>) and a list of conventions that should be followed when using them. 

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Topics: Accessibility

Why we hate PDFs

Posted by Lucy Collins on Sep 30, 2020 12:55:21 PM

We have recently been head down supporting public sector organisations as they work towards meeting the latest accessibility guidelines.

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Topics: Accessibility

UK Government accessibility requirements

Posted by Lucy Collins on Sep 23, 2020 9:30:00 AM

Today the government deadline for public sector websites to conform with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 is upon us.

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Topics: Accessibility

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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Topics: Accessibility

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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Topics: Accessibility

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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Topics: Accessibility

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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Topics: Accessibility

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

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