Technological manifestations are evolving with each passing day. Industries, organizations/enterprises (both small, medium and large-cap) are in a world of fierce competition, for they are now at the forefront of website wars. To fight against this immense competition, website developers must develop a strategy to improve accessibility quotient of the respective websites. This theory of improving website accessibility is well adapted and implemented by respective governments like USA and UK respectively.
How to Make a Website Accessible for the Disabled?
Several authors and theorists have listed down the fundamentals of web accessibility resources and its creations. When it comes to internet or world wide web, the web accessibility tools must reflect coherence with the human mind, for it is then easy to decipher. In order to improve the web accessibility functionality, the web developer must integrate the best practices and guidelines of accessibility with the content displayed on the website.
The most crucial areas taken into account by the website accessibility tools are:
Hardware specifications (e.g., desktop, input devices, mobile phones, etc.)
Software integrations such as browser, operating system specifications, additional software, etc. and/or
Climatic conditions such lightening, or heavy rains, cyclones, etc.
Practices to enhance website accessibility by users.
Content is the king – a common phrase which resonates quite well with the web development as well as the internet information seeking community. Writing well-organized and thought-provoking web content is half the battle won. A text with good readability score has the maximum potential to attain high level of popularity and become viral in the long-run.
Common web accessibility examples include:
Formatting the entire draft with a Heading (H1 and H2);
Consolidation of documents (online),
Assimilation of interactive media along with the written content,
Integration of useful links that connects the main topic to various connected topics.
Use of interactive audio-visual content.
Use of tables for an analytical overview of the shared information.
As a web accessibility reviewer, one must follow the correct guidelines as per WCAG 2.0. The headings (H1, H2, H3) must follow a cascading order, and can be converted into links (to allow the user to click on the same and gather more information).
E.g., any student information must be conveyed to the dean using the right process.
Note: The underlined or highlighted text relates to the linking feature in web accessibility feature format. An inaccessible website is pretentious in nature and blocks people with disabilities to use the web-related services or insights at any given point in time. Web accessibility features have garnered tremendous response on a global scale due to their capacity to address one of the crucial social issues, i.e. equality. People with reading disorders, hearing impairment, visual or auditory restrictions or challenges can refer to such websites and make use of their specialized keyboards to an infinite pool of knowledge and wisdom.