Website Architecture Planning | Accessibility Testing

Website Architecture Planning | Accessibility Testing

Testing Accessibility Without an Accessibility Testing Tool

Having a website that is accessible to every user is not only important to be a successful business, but it is also the law. There are many tools out there on the internet that you can use to test the accessibility of a website, but there are also other ways to test without using a tool. While these six ways to test for web accessibility are pretty simple, making a website accessible to everyone might take some work. This work doesn’t happen overnight. The first step in figuring out what you need to do to make your website more accessible is to identify any problems a user might have. This is where testing for web accessibility comes in.

Not everyone is well-versed in accessibility and web development, but that doesn’t mean you can’t test a website yourself. It takes a lot of understanding and knowledge about many different aspects of how a website works, such as HTML, CSS, and how those with a disability might interact with a website. It can also be helpful to understand JavaScript, accessibility APIs and what kind of assistive technology is out there.

Even if you don’t have this extensive knowledge, you can still perform these tests on your own. To help you out, here is more important information about accessibility as well as the six ways to test for accessibility without using an online tool.

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The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA)

Though the advancements in technology are meant to be enjoyed and used by the masses, there are still members of society who could not get full access to tailor to their needs. People with special needs regarding hearing or sight were an underserved market.  In October 2010, the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) was officially signed by President Barack Obama. This act built on the foundation of the Television Decoder Circuitry Act (TDCA) of 1990. The TDCA established basic guidelines for television display devices at 13 inches or larger. Using this as a basis, the CVAA expanded into realms beyond television to all devices capable of displaying video, regardless of size. This was a necessary step as video sharing and viewing became possible through multiple devices and not just televisions.

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Monitor Your Website Health with DYNO Analytics ™ February 18, 2018 by Garenne Bigby

Monitor Your Website Health with DYNO Analytics ™

As a business owner, it is important to maintain a healthy website. A healthy website is one that is working properly, bringing in the right people, and allowing users a good experience. Without the health of a website, a company may have a difficult time converting and keeping customers.

A website serves as a way to market your business online, so that users and customers can easily find your information or product. Websites give users easy access to information, allow them to make purchases, and can also give customers the chance get a feel of your business.

These days, it is almost impossible for a business to be successful without an online marketplace. Many people browse the internet when they are looking for a product or service. While no site is perfect, there could be some pretty big issues happening with it that is driving users and customers to find what they need somewhere else.

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What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? January 31, 2018 by Garenne Bigby

What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

There are many laws that have been written to protect the rights of America’s people. There are rulings that protect children, the elderly, and everyone in between. Some laws protect people from being discriminated against when it comes to race, sexual orientation, or religious views. Other laws might protect people of certain ages, and genders. There are laws that require both male and females to be paid based on skill and experience, and not just on gender. There are even laws that protect voters and women who are pregnant. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) came into effect in 1990 and protects people with disabilities in America. It is considered a civil rights law that ensures individuals with disabilities will not be discriminated against in jobs, schools, and communities all over the country.

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70 Web Accessibility Resources for Designing with Inclusivity

Web accessibility is the principle of preventing discrimination against website users with disabilities. More specifically, it means having websites and web content that people with disabilities are able to access, comprehend, navigate, and interact with, allowing them to contribute.

In essence, “web accessibility” is a blanket term that serves to encompass all disabilities that do otherwise affect access to the internet. This includes visual, auditory, cognitive, neurological, physical, and speech impairments. Older users, whose abilities are changing due to aging, can also be included in this thought.

There are millions of people with disabilities who deserve to have equal access to website and web content. Sadly, most websites and website software currently incorporate accessibility barriers. These make it increasingly difficult, often impossible, for users with disabilities to enjoy the full benefits of the online world that most of us take for granted. Take a look at the following blog post, “How Website Accessibility Affect Persons with Disabilities”, to see the challenges faced by users with different disabilities.

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