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It is in our DNA

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How do you balance aesthetics with accessibility?

Posted on 26 September 2023

Two images, same website There are two images above. The image on the left is of our website. The image...

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The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, otherwise known as WCAG

Posted on 31 August 2023

What are the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines? This is perhaps the most common starting point when you first come across...

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A staircase and a ramp are both OK!

Posted on 3 August 2023

A perfect world? We would all love it if we lived in a world where every website or web portal...

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Are having featured images on a web page important?

Posted on 27 July 2023

Asking ChatGPT I asked ChatGPT had to say and it gave me some excellent answers, including why adding an Alt...

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Website Accessibility Webinar

Posted on 20 July 2023

It is always wonderful meeting like-minded people! It was such a privilege to take part in a webinar about a...

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What will a website accessibility audit give me?

Posted on 19 July 2023

Understanding why A website accessibility audit will provide you with valuable insights into the accessibility of your website for users...

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Please do not use Filenames as Alt Text

Posted on 6 July 2023

Hopefully, most of us have heard of Alt Text and how important it is. It is used to provide...

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Overlays do not just affect disabled people!

Posted on 29 June 2023

A great start to the week! Monday morning. My car won’t start and I have a one-hour drive home ahead...

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Logical Reading Order

Posted on 22 June 2023

What does a Logical Reading Order mean?

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Imitation is the highest form of flattery!

Posted on 21 June 2023

That accessibility tool looks familiar! In my last blog, I detailed my recent journey with the Scottish Parliament in developing...

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Helping the Scottish Parliament with their Digital Accessibility

Posted on 19 June 2023

A very different experience We usually get called in to work with an organisation after launching their website, often up...

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Understanding Web Analytics: Using Data to Improve Your Website's Performance

Posted on 10 June 2023

Web analytics is essential for any business or organization with a website. It involves collecting and analyzing data on...

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Let’s talk about Links

Posted on 8 June 2023

Website accessibility audit for an NHS Trust I have just finished an audit for an NHS Health Trust. Generally, the...

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Today is a day of triple celebration!

Posted on 18 May 2023

By the strangest of coincidences, 3 events are happening today. What is happening? Firstly, today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day! It...

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Once upon a time, 34 years ago…

Posted on 11 May 2023

A life-changing event 4 teenagers come out of a club in Brighton at 2am. The driver felt he had too...

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Our Accessiblity Toolbar

Posted on 10 May 2023

We do this as standard! Ever since 2006, when we created our first fully accessible website, we have always created...

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“We don’t allow Alt text”

Posted on 27 April 2023

An extensive digital accessibility review I was talking to one of my clients yesterday that I had done a large...

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The Blue Badge Access Awards 2023 have now been launched, with a new website!

Posted on 26 April 2023

What are the Blue Badge Access Awards? The Blue Badge Access Awards has been setting the Gold Standard for Access...

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Access by Design shortlisted for Small Award!

Posted on 30 March 2023

The Digital Star Award We are very proud to announce that we have been has been shortlisted for the Digital...

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How to Migrate Your Business Online

Posted on 14 March 2023

The consequences of the deadly epidemic have been truly harsh on people. However, certain reports reveal a considerable increase...

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Expanding our team again in a different way!

Posted on 2 March 2023

Live website audits One of my favourite parts of what I do is working with my Team on the Live...

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Enlightening and horrifying!

Posted on 23 February 2023

I would like to share a comment I received on Monday from a web developer after I presented them...

Photos of the Access by Design Audit Team: Iona, Mede, Sara, Krista and Lleona

LinkedIn tried to become more accessible and it sadly backfired

Posted on 16 February 2023

LinkedIn has decided to automatically add an alt tag when you post with an image. A commendable attempt to improve...

Photos of the Access by Design Audit Team: Iona, Mede, Sara, Krista and Lleona

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