Web Design & Accessibility
Designing websites with accessibility features for visually impaired users has several inclusive benefits, improving usability and accommodating a much wider audience.
Website Development & Accessibility Statement
Make It Everything for Everyone
We are committed to make all our websites as accessible as possible, this includes mobile and tablet based browsers and text & screen readers.
There are almost two million people in the UK living with sight loss.
We aim to achieve WIA-A allowing all our sites to comply with the current accessibility legislation, and adheres to current web compatibility standards.
We Believe Accessible Websites Should be as important as responsive websites.
Increased User Engagement: Accessibility features make websites more user-friendly for visually impaired individuals, encouraging them to engage with the content, services, and products offered.
Expanded Audience Reach: Approximately 2.2 billion people worldwide have vision impairment or blindness. Creating an accessible website extends your reach to this sizable demographic.
Legal Compliance and Avoidance of Discrimination: In many countries, there are legal requirements for website accessibility. Ensuring an inclusive design helps to prevent discrimination and ensures compliance with accessibility laws.
Improved SEO: Accessible websites often have better structured and organized content, which can enhance SEO. This includes clearer headings, alternative text for images, and more descriptive links, which also benefit non-visually impaired users.
Enhanced User Experience for All: Many accessibility features, such as larger text size, high color contrast, and keyboard navigation, benefit not only visually impaired users but also individuals with cognitive or motor impairments.
Some statistics supporting the importance of accessible websites for visually impaired users include:
- The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that approximately 1.3 billion people live with some form of vision impairment globally.
- According to the National Federation of the Blind, in the United States, approximately 7.3 million adults have a visual disability.
- WebAIM's survey in 2020 reported that 98.1% of home pages of the top 1 million websites failed to meet the minimum accessibility standards.
Implementing specific features on websites to accommodate visually impaired users involves practices such as:
Screen Reader Compatibility: Providing text descriptions for images and ensuring compatibility with screen readers allows visually impaired users to understand and navigate a site.
Keyboard Accessibility: Designing websites that can be navigated solely by keyboard makes it easier for users who rely on keyboard input rather than a mouse.
Text Adjustability: Offering the option to enlarge text and ensuring proper contrast between text and background colors helps users with low vision.
Audio Descriptions and Transcripts: For video content, providing audio descriptions and transcripts enables visually impaired users to comprehend the information.
Consistent and Clear Design: Clear headings, organized content, and consistent navigation facilitate easier browsing for visually impaired users.
Making websites accessible to visually impaired users not only improves inclusivity but also ensures a better experience for all users. It's a step towards a more equitable and diverse online environment.
Accessibility & WCAG Compliance
One in five people in the UK live with a long term illness, visual impairment or disability.
Excluding up to a fifth of the population from accessing your goods and services if your site is not inaccessible.
Make sure your site is WCAG compliant and accessible to as many people and customers as possible.
Accessible website design, Glasgow
Everyone should be able to access everything on the web !
We work to the latest web standards and accessibility advice. From industry bodies such as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) & RNIB we deliver solutions using latest and most effective technologies that are accessible and intuitive for everyone.
In 1999 the Web Accessibility Initiative, a project by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), published the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines WCAG 1.0.
In recent years, the latest version WCAG 2.0 which is ISO/IEC 40500 approved and is identical to WCAG 2.0 covering translations and mobile accessibility
These have been widely accepted as the definitive guidelines on how to create accessible websites, for every project we strive to achieve these website accessibility checkpoints.
We have also taken on board international guidance and best practice on web accessibility.