Monday, June 10, 2013

Easy Checks - A First Review of Web Accessibility

The Web Accessibility Initiative at the W3C has published Easy Checks - A First Review of Web Accessibility. Easy Checks help you assess the accessibility of a web page. With these simple steps, you can get an idea whether or not accessibility is addressed in even the most basic way.

These checks cover just a few accessibility issues and are designed to be quick and easy, rather than definitive. A web page could seem to pass these checks, yet still have accessibility barriers. More robust evaluation is needed to evaluate all issues comprehensively.

It addresses the following issues that need to be checked and addressed to ensure your web site is accessible to people with disabilities:

  • Page title 
  • Image text alternatives ("alt text") (pictures, illustrations, charts, etc.) 
  • Text: Headings, Contrast ratio ("color contrast"), Zoom 
  • Interaction: Keyboard access and visual focus, Forms and errors, Multimedia (video, audio) alternatives

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