The right time to begin thinking about accessibility is at the very start — before you even write a single line of code.From Digital R&D Fund for the Arts - Making Digital Work: Accessibility, Report by Arts Council England, Nesta and the Arts and Humanities Research Council
Features of our service include…...
In order to calculate your current accessibility level and help identify what areas need attention, we carry out in-depth accessibility audits, checking against a wide number of accessibility factors and indicators.
Report and recommendations
Once we understand what we’re dealing with, and how the picture can be improved, we put together a comprehensive accessibility report. Each report covers actionable recommendations for quick and easy wins, as well as strategic recommendations that usually require a greater level of development work.
Extending your brand
We also carry out accessibility audits against your brand and where necessary, in order to ensure it can be applied online in an accessible way, we’ll develop and extend it. For example we’ll look at your core colour palette, making sure colour usage, combinations and colour contrasts are both effective and accessible. Also, with typography, we’ll make sure font rules (for titles, labels, menu systems and page content) are fully accessible and that font choices are driven by readability (rather than just design). We also utilise our UX expertise to take a data-driven approach to defining brand audiences, and ensuring the evolution of the brand is in keeping with the audience it is there to serve.
Content and image reviews
We can also provide guidance, resources and training to help ensure your core content is also accessible. Covering topics such as tone of voice, use of clear, relevant language, grammar and keyword strategy, site labelling, SEO-friendly page titling, meta data, image alt and caption tags we can help make your content work far harder and better for you.
Frequently asked questions
Whose responsibility is accessibility?
While some may be more skilled and experienced, accessibility is a shared responsibility. It’s not the responsibility of just one person, stakeholder or organisation. It needs to be so that your whole team and whoever you are working with work to spot and improve accessibility issues when they arise.
What do you mean accessibility is the law?
To meet government accessibility requirements, digital services must meet level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1) as a minimum. Sites must also work on the most commonly used assistive technologies and include people with disabilities in user research.
How is accessibility tested?
There are a vast array of accessibility related tools, approaches and regimes. We use a combination of tools, services and techniques to test accessibility. For example Google Lighthouse, which is an open-source, automated service that runs a number of audits on any given URL, including accessibility and performance. We also use the likes of WAVE, Axe Chrome extension and aChecker site.
How and where ought Accessibility be incorporated into my website project?
Accessibility is a core part of any project, from inception through to launch. In our practice, it is embedded throughout the design and development of every website we produce - from research and discovery, design, development, both technical and content production, content load, testing, launch and bedding in. It also needs continual tending to, so it’s important your web agency supports and where necessary guides you in maintaining best practice when it comes to accessibility.
What kind of results will I see?
Our work - with organisations such as Museums & Galleries Edinburgh, Broadway Cinema and The Deck at The National Theatre - has substantially enhanced the accessibility of our client websites. For Museums & Galleries Edinburgh, we achieved a Lighthouse Report Accessibility score of 96%. For The Deck, we achieved a Lighthouse Report Accessibility score of 98%.