30 Mar 2011 Spacer Building accessible websites
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Building accessible websites

Last week we had the opportunity to meet with Web Accessibility expert Gian Wild. Accessibility and usability is something we take very seriously when designing and developing websites and it was great to meet Gian to learn more about how we can work with her and offer our clients an even better quality outcome for their sites. We're excited about having the opportunity to work with Gian in the near future and would like to provide more information about accessibility through this blog.

There are so many different facets to web accessibility and we believe it should be an important part of building a website. As part of the Zeroseven quality assurance process we check our designs and code at every stage, using tests that are based on the W3C WCAG guidelines (http://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG20/quickref/); the W3C being somewhat the industry authority when it comes to web standards.

In saying this, testing web accessibility can be a vague process. We believe engaging with experts such as Gian provides a greater understanding of what should be achieved when it comes to offering a better experience to disabled users who, statistics show, can make up to 20% of the people using a website.

More Information

When it comes to website accessibility in Australia, the Victorian Government is leading the way with guidelines and legislation. I have found many useful and practical articles on their website, including this helpful overview: http://www.divine.vic.gov.au/main-site/tech-talk/computing-the-web/making-web-pages-accessible

Gian Wild has written an article about testability as a requirement in WCAG 2.0 on A List Apart http://www.alistapart.com/articles/testability/. She blogs reguarly on website accessibility and more at www.gianwild.com.

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