1.) Compatibility

Watching Tips to Make Your Website More Accessible reminded me of why website accessibility is extremely important. As a web surfer, there is nothing more frustrating than trying to access a website that isn’t compatible with your browser. Hence, making sure that your website is compatible with all browser types and software versions so that it is easily accessible is extremely important. People can miss out on the great services your site has to offer simply because it wasn’t accessible–that’s definitely not what we want!

Another part of compatibility includes navigation. One question that you should ask yourself is–Can my website be navigated easily? That is, keep navigation plain and simple. Users with non-traditional devices or who have devices that use keyboards should be able to access and navigate your site with ease–simplicity is key.

2.) Visibility

Creating a website with ‘extravagant’ font can make your website frustrating to view. It’s important to take the visually impaired into consideration when deciding upon the font for the website, if the letters curl too much or are too small, someone may not be able to see the important information–which means you take another loss. Considering the potential audiences can greatly influence your overall website design strategies and contribute to a more successful outcome.

It’s important to make sure your website still functions without images. This can be done by googling ‘turn off images’ along with the browser name.

3.) Hearing Impaired

Audiences for your websites are diverse. If you’re going to include video content in your website, it’s important that the video includes captioning for individuals who are hearing impaired. In other words, don’t just upload a video to the site and expect everyone to be able to follow along–prepare for everything.

4.) No Automatic Audio

Having audio that plays instantly upon loading your site is a no-no. Considering accessibility, it can interrupt the screen readers of those who are blind. Secondly, users tend to navigate away from pages with instant audio because it is annoying and disruptive–No one wants to surf the web and have the peace of their mind interrupted by loud music or videos that they didn’t click on.