Around 15% of the world population lives with some form of disability. We believe building an accessible web is an integral part of any design or development process and advocating for an accessible web can start with anyone.
Whether you’re just starting on your web accessibility journey or looking to deepen your expertise, here are some resources to help you along the way.
Foundations of Web Accessibility
To create a more accessible web, you first have to understand why a more accessible interface is so important. This means having even a base level of knowledge about principles for an accessible web, the guidelines used commonly to gauge accessibility, and how to talk about disabilities.
Making the web a better, more inclusive place starts with understanding the POUR foundational principles of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
After the POUR principles, understanding the 13 accessibility guidelines of WCAG 2.1 will expand your foundational knowledge. Learn from this guide.
An individual is much more than their disabilities, and how we communicate that is important. Here are some recommendations on how to respectfully interact with people with disabilities.
Accessibility in Content and User Experience
Before you even start building a page, accessibility should be taken into consideration by the content and user experience teams. Focusing on accessibility during the planning and writing stages creates a foundation for the design and development teams to build upon.
Learn some best practices for writing accessible content, using page elements, and adding accessibility to media content.
Learn the difference between “user-centered” and “human-centered” design thinking and how this applies to accessibility.
Accessibility in Design
Visual impairments affect over 2 billion people worldwide. Designing with accessibility in mind means focusing on usability for users with color blindness and low vision while still being mindful of all users.
When it comes to helping those with color vision deficiencies or low vision, contrast is very important—and it impacts general readability for everyone!
Learn more about the importance of accessible color contrast in web design, how to change the color contrast on a Mac, and the steps to designing with good color contrast.
Understand the many priorities and tools you can use when creating a visually accessible web for all users.
Accessibility in Development
We all use the web differently, including for users with disabilities. A user with a visual disability might use a screen reader. A user with a physical disability may use voice control software. Developing a web that can be used by these assistive technologies is critical.
Here are six accessibility best practices that web professionals can follow to better serve all users of a web product.
Using WAI-ARIA correctly is vitally important for web accessibility. Avoid these common mistakes and learn to use
Learn how a “prefers reduced motion” media query searches an end user’s accessibility configuration and introduces unique settings that can reduce motion.
In this code challenge, you are tasked with finding 10 accessibility issues in this accessibility scavenger hunt. Are you up for the challenge?
Accessibility Tools and Testing
When we are done building our accessible web, it is important to actually test our end products to ensure we have done all we can to make them accessible. There are many tools that can be used as a guide to start testing.
Every automated accessibility tool has strengths and weaknesses. Check out reviews of popular accessibility tools to help you decide which is right for your project.
Test for web accessibility using a checklist based on WCAG 2.1 success criteria and learn how to effectively deploy your team to tackle the testing.
Successfully run automated and manual tests to ensure your design system is easy to use for everyone.
Looking for Accessibility Help?
If you’re looking to explore accessibility on your web property, Sparkbox is here to help. We offer accessibility audits and expertise in making your web project accessible. Just send us an email.