Digital Accessibility Resources

Accessible web design ensures that your digital content and online services meet the needs of all site visitors.

In addition to our expert paid-for Digital Accessibility Products and Services we are also always happy to help you develop your own skills through our useful resources webpage which includes useful links, webinars, blog posts and events relating to digital accessibility.

If you design and build websites, or are responsible for the design or procurement of digital content, accessibility should be a key priority on your agenda because:

  • It’s the law – enshrined in the Disability Equality Act (2010).  If your website does not meet certain design standards, then you could be sued for discrimination.
  • There’s a compelling business case – the UK’s 12 million disabled people have a spending power of £120 billion. Are you losing out on this potentially lucrative market?
  • Accessible websites are 35% more usable by all users - whether they have special access needs or not. 
  • Accessible websites are cheaper to run and maintain – they simply make good business sense.

AbilityNet's Digital Accessibility Products and Services

Our Digital Accessibility Services Team offer a variety of products and services including expert consultancy, accessibility auditing, diverse user testing, bespoke training and off-the-shelf tools and resources. 

For more information about our products and services or to discuss your specific requirements and receive a quote for your project please speak to our experts.

 


How to Build Accessible Websites and Apps

Where to start

W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) offers an excellent resources section plus Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and Checklists.

www.w3.org/WAI/
www.w3.org/TR/2008/REC-WCAG20-20081211/ - Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.
www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG20/quickref/ - Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 quick reference.
www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10/ Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0.
www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10/full-checklist.html Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Checklist 1.0
www.w3.org/WAI/Resources The resources section is a good place to start learning.

Legal issues

An introduction on the Law as it applies to you
www.out-law.com/page-330

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is the global authority on accessible design standards
www.w3c.org

The Web Design Group promotes good web design by offering a range of free technical specification references for HTML authoring plus online checking tools for verifying compatibility with relevant web design standards.
www.htmlhelp.com

Trace Research and Development Center is part of the University of Wisconsin and offers a goldmine of information and tools to help you design with accessibility in mind.
www.trace.wisc.edu

WAVE. If your website is already online its accessibility can be checked against W3C standards with Wave – a free web accessibility evaluation tool that identifies those elements that require adjusting.
wave.webaim.org

AbilityNet Blogs

Five golden rules for compliant alt-text.
http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/blog/five-golden-rules-compliant-alt-text

How Preston City Council got to grips with web accessibility. 
http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/blog/how-preston-city-council-got-grips-web-accessibility

See our latest news and blogs for lots of up-to-date digital accessibility information.

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Tools

Web Accessibility Toolbar Toolbar – an excellent tool to help check the accessibility of websites.
http://www.paciellogroup.com/resources/wat-ie-about.html

Vischeck, Colour blindness simulator.
http://www.vischeck.com/

General Websites

BBC Accessibility
http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility

Equality Act 2010– UK Equality legislation.
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/contents

e-Accessibility forum - UK government forum for sharing best practice
www.discuss.culture.gov.uk/eaccessibility/

Outlaw.com – contains the popular 'Disabled access to websites under UK law' guide, and news articles relating to accessibility and the law.
http://www.out-law.com/

Centre for Excellence in Universal Design - Provides a plain English interpretation of the W3C guidelines together with the reasons behind why each checkpoint is important.
http://www.universaldesign.ie/useandapply/ict/itaccessibilityguidelines/web/guidelinesforwebaccessibility

The Web Standards Project – The Web Standards Project website provides advice and information on the implementation of web standards and runs a campaign to encourage browser developers to ensure they adhere to W3C standards for code compliance. For an introduction to the rational behind standards they have an excellent educational FAQ at http://archive.webstandards.org/edu_faq.html.
http://www.webstandards.org

Useit.com – Useit.com provides advice on both accessibility and usability featuring articles and news links.
http://www.useit.com

WebAim – WebAim, the Web Accessibility in Mind Project provides a number of articles, a discussion forum and a number of simulations which is useful for testing websites.
http://www.webaim.org

The Web Design Group are excellent at demystifying the W3C recommendations and providing tutorials on accessible implementations.
http://www.htmlhelp.com

Accessibility for Web Developers and App Developers

A List Apart – resources for people who make websites.
http://www.alistapart.com/

Accessify – Accessify provides up to date accessibility news, advice and resources.  It also hosts the Accessify Forum which is an accessibility related discussion group.
http://www.accessify.com
http://www.accessifyforum.com

AskTog – AskTOG by Bruce Tognazzini is perhaps the best place to start learning about human computer interaction (HCI).
http://www.asktog.com/basics/firstPrinciples.html

Dive Into Accessibility - Dive Into Accessibility is an online book which discusses accessible design issues and techniques.
www.onlinewebdesigndegree.com/resources/how-to-make-a-website-more-accessible/

Juicy Studio – Juicy studio provides a repository of useful articles on accessible techniques and practices together with some useful tools to assist developers in creating accessible content.
http://juicystudio.com

Nicholas Creative - a page of links offering a good cross-section of practical tools and current accessibility information
http://www.nicholascreative.com/about/resources/web-accessibility

W3C Schools – Whilst not specifically about web accessibility this website includes many tutorials on learning HTML, CSS, XML and much more.
http://www.w3schools.com

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