Website accessibility is on the rise, but there is still a long way to go. Accessibility involves creating and structuring website content so that it can be effectively navigated, read or experienced by users regardless of a person’s disability, which can be visual, auditory, physical, speech-related, cognitive or neurological.
Heidi Laidler, Media Access Australia’s User Experience Designer, gave a recent talk about how to test for accessibility at a ‘Hack 4 Good’ event attended by web professionals from around the country. Discover the top tips for accessibility from a user experience point of view, in this captivating podcast article.
Automatic accessibility checking tools are useful to broadly identify problems and start developing a plan to fix them, yet engaging human experts throughout the process is important to achieve the best results. Here are five great reasons why manual testing by accessibility professionals, alongside automatic tools, is necessary to ensure that your digital communications, websites and apps are as accessible as possible.