Services to meet Web Accessibility Standards
Reporting: How accessible is my website now?
Before you make the decision to repair or rebuild your website, doesn’t it make sense to know where your website currently stands with regard to web accessibility? A web accessibility test and/or a comprehensive website audit can act like a roadmap for bringing your site in to compliance and opening the doors to all users.
Automated tools don’t provide the time, cost and detail to repair your website. Sometimes they can miss certain errors that only a human can catch, and the best way for us to do this is with a thorough code review.
After a website’s code has been fully combed for accessibility errors you’ll receive a web accessibility report that will break down the items on your site that need repair, and let you know which parts of your website require the most attention.
Repairing: My website is pretty accessible, but I don’t know how to fix the issues to meet web accessibility standards.
If the repairs you need are content-related, you may be able to fix issues through your Content Management System (CMS). Things like “alternative text” (alt text) for images or proper heading structure can often be repaired in your CMS.
Other times the accessibility problems are at a code level. That’s where an accessible web developer can help. Like an accountant discovering where your tax calculations went astray, they’d look at the accessibility report as well as the code to identify patterns or problem areas to fix.
Think of making a website accessible the same way you would if you made chocolate chip cookies. It’s easier to bake the chocolate chips in at the start of the process than adding them in after the cookie is finished.
Rebuilding: My site is a mess, I need Accessible Web Design Help.
Sometimes the accessibility problems are so widespread that repair work is just not an option. Maybe your website is over 3 years old and dated and it’s simply time to redo it.
Since most websites in the past weren’t built with accessibility in mind, it’s quite probable that your current website is not fully accessible. Although it will require a larger investment, you have the luxury of ensuring accessibility is baked in to the project while creating a modern, professional website. In the long run, that often turns out to be a better way to go. It leaves you with a great looking website aligned with your current business objectives, a clean base of code and updated content. And as a bonus, an accessible website is a search engine friendly website!