We all want to do our part to make things accessible for all. Consideration for the needs of others should be a priority for all. We see evidence of this in most places but somewhere it is still catching up is online. Many websites still have a way to go in becoming accessible for all. As this has become the object of more discussions in recent years, it has now become a legal requirement in many countries to comply with accessibility standards. This has many benefits to the companies themselves and of course, it is the right thing to do for those who would otherwise be excluded from visiting some websites purely because there has been no consideration to their needs. Thankfully, companies, like accessiBe, are making the process easier for making sure your website is fully accessible. But what are some tips for helping get your website user friendly for all? We’ve listed three for you to consider below:
Have a keyboard-friendly website
What does this mean? It means that you should be able to fully use your website without the use of a mouse. Using a mouse is difficult for a lot of internet users so ensuring they can navigate your website without ever having to use one is an important step and a must if you are to have an accessible website.
Keep the contact easily accessible for all
Ever heard of dynamic content? This is when a page can continue to update based on various factors to do with what each personal user in interested in. For example, when looking to buy something, have you ever noticed a webpage tell you that a certain number of other people are looking at the same product at the same time? This can be a great tool for companies but can cause problems for those with accessibility needs as they could miss content that changes on the page. There are ways around this, but it definitely needs to be considered.
Watch out for those colours
The way some people see colour can have a massive impact on whether or not they will be able to view your website. Strong colour contrasts are important (I once asked my colour-blind dad to paint the walls of a bedroom pale green and grey and he could not see a difference in the colours at all!). You want to use text that really stands out against a background, or your user could get lost or miss important bits of information on your site.
These are just three of the most important ways to have an accessible website. There are many more. But cover your bases and get an experienced company to help you make your website fully accessible.