Webaccessibility -

Make the internet a place for all

What is accessibility?

Well it should be obvious, but it is not. Basically all you need is good solid valid code or something near that. Then you must ensure, that your site also is useable. Almost no one does that. When that's done you try the online accessibility validators and when they say okay, the work really start.

You might think your hot, but your not. Most websites can't even validate for HTML or CSS, can yours?

The majority of those who can can't validate, not even on the lowest level of WCAG1. In round figures, we are down around 5%, who can handle a triple A validation.

To become accessible five steps are needed

  1. HTML and CSS must validate, strict should be the standard.
  2. Then basic usability must be ensured.
  3. Then all pages must be tested for accessibility, AAA should be the standard.
  4. Then the code on all pages should be evaluated, line by line, to ensure that good use of "alt" and "title" are used. All colour combinations should be tested for contrast.
  5. Finally the sites should be tested by real people with and without disabilities.

But what is accessibility? Accessibility is basically that you ensure that all users, without exceptions can access your site. Meaning that pages can be used also of people with no or low vision, people with arthritis or paralysis, people with no or low hearing. Said short, no matter what disability a person suffers, he or she must be able to use it without any trouble.

This means, that the site should be easy to navigate. The logic of the menus should be very clear to the users. All links on a page can be reaches and activated by keyboard alone. All links must have a title that clearly tells what it points to and have a meaningful link text. All images must have a meaningful alt text, telling the user what the image shows.

Access keys must be provided, to give the user quick access to the menus and the content as a minimum. Unless you have many links on a page, links should also be provided with access keys too, the main menu should at least.

The colour schemes used, should provide good contrast between text and the background.

Webdesign is hard, usability is harder, but accessibility are much more difficult, than the two other together. Accessibility is the ultimate challenge for all who makes web pages.

With this site I will try to show you, some of the challenges. I will show you common misunderstandings, which are repeated over and over everywhere. I will also show you, that using the standards for accessibility, sometimes makes a site inaccessible, even when it passes al test.

Contact: Johnny Winther Ronnenberg - Soeparken 5 - DK-4171 Glumsoe - phone +45 59 18 63 00 - mobile +45 22 50 30 16