Accessible Website Audits

The internet is an essential communication tool, one that allows people from all backgrounds to engage with individuals, organisations, and companies online. A key consideration for any website owner is ensuring that their site is accessible to as many people as possible, particularly those with disabilities. An excellent way to ensure this, is by running an accessible website audit.

What are accessible websites?

A website is considered accessible if it can be successfully navigated by any user that visits it. If the website doesn’t factor in additional resources such as the ability to adjust the text to different sizes and formats that are readable by those with partial or total blindness, subtitles and captions for those with hearing impairments, and the ability to adjust the contrast and background for those with neurodivergent conditions – it is not considered an accessible website.   

What is an accessible website audit?

An accessible website audit is a way to test website accessibility by identifying potential barriers such as those described above. Experts will examine and test each component of your existing web design to determine whether or not it is fully-accessible. Once the audit has been completed, they will draft a report indicating areas that need improvement.

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What are the benefits of web accessibility testing?

Accessible web design benefits both you and your visitors. Being able to navigate a site as a disabled person, either independently or by using assistive technology such as screen readers or text-to-word apps and plug-ins, promotes inclusivity and helps to empower your users, increasing their independence.

From a business perspective, accessible websites are essential for growing and promoting your brand. Recent statistics from Scope indicate that there are 14.6 million people in the UK with disabilities (around 21% of the population). That is a significant number of people to disregard with inaccessible web design and it doesn’t even take into consideration people with minor impairments, such as undiagnosed hearing and vision difficulties.

What does web accessibility testing entail?

There are two parts to an accessibility audit. The first part is done automatically, running a basic scan of your site for such common barriers as colour contrast, the use of alt-text on images, browser compliance, and so on. This automated process typically catches around a third of barriers to website accessibility.

Following the automatic testing, a manual test is performed. This includes navigating the site with assistive technology, accessing web pages using keyboard shortcuts and voice commands, confirming that alt-text, subtitles, and other features are accurate.

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What happens next?

An accessible website audit is only the first step towards making your website inclusive to all. It is followed up by an auditor’s report detailing the various barriers between your site and your visitors, along with recommendations on how best to resolve them. This forms a starting point for you to maximise engagement with your users.

Start your web accessibility testing today

Here at Access Rating, we test website accessibility for organisations and businesses across the UK. Our experienced auditors will perform a full and detailed check of your site and provide you with all the information and advice you need to move forward. Give the team a call today on 0116 277 9055  or complete the form below for more information or to arrange a free consultation.

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