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What is involved with a website accessibility audit? (Part 1)

What is involved with a website accessibility audit? (Part 1)

    The second most-often question I am asked is what actually does having a website accessibility audit involve? FYI, the most often question I get asked is what does website accessibility for disabled people actually mean? I always point them to my recent TEDxTalk for that one! In case you are interested in watching it, the details are in the comment. In a sentence, a website... read more »

I love assistive technology!

I love assistive technology!

Dodgy knees I have dodgy knees. Very dodgy, sadly. I have flat feet and did not start to wear corrective insoles until I was in my late 30s. This meant that my weight went through my knees unevenly and wore away the cartilage, meaning there is almost none on the insides. Grade 4 Osteoarthritis, bone on bone. Ouch. How do I manage them? As I am now... read more »

Surely all websites are accessible for disabled people?

Surely all websites are accessible for disabled people?

A level-playing field One of the most brilliant aspects of the Web is the idea of a level playing field. Having a physical disability can often can make everyday tasks like going shopping more difficult, although it is often the environment itself that is the biggest problem. However, the Web is seen as the great leveller, now everyone can access goods and services equally, as... read more »

Why microwave/oven is right but wrong and microwave / oven is wrong but right!

Why microwave/oven is right but wrong and microwave / oven is wrong but right!

Do not ask me why but it never seemed to look right, when there is not a space on either side of a slash. To me, microwave/oven just does not look correct so I always put spaces in, ie. microwave / oven Grammarly, of course, always gently reminds me to take the spaces out and of course I... read more »

Aren’t all websites accessible for disabled people?

Aren’t all websites accessible for disabled people?

It is easy to know if a building is likely to be accessible for someone in a wheelchair. For example: At the entrance, there is a gentle ramp as well as a set of steps The doors to get in open automatically as you approach Inside, you see a flight of stairs to the next floor but you also see a lift This inclusive approach is... read more »

What are the benefits of having an accessible website?

What are the benefits of having an accessible website?

What does website accessibility mean? The benefits of having an accessible website are almost too many to mention! However, firstly, let me explain that when I use the term “website accessibility”, I am talking about website accessibility for disabled people. In the same way that someone who is disabled might use a wheelchair to help them with their mobility, someone who is blind might use... read more »

Why is it important that disabled people audit your website?

Why is it important that disabled people audit your website?

This may seem to be a completely obvious question but, sadly, not everyone who carries out a website accessibility audit uses disabled people to test the website as part of the process. A story from the 1980s It reminds me of a story I was told about British Rail, many years ago. They had built a new type of railway carriage that, for the first time,... read more »

Why accessibility plugins are a bad idea

Why accessibility plugins are a bad idea

I am passionate about website accessibility for disabled people. I have the privilege of knowing many other people who feel the same. We are all trying, in our own way, to do what we can to promote the cause and change minds. Nobody wants to have a website that is inaccessible for disabled people, however over 97% of the Home Pages of 1 million websites... read more »

You can see but you cannot touch. What do you do?

You can see but you cannot touch. What do you do?

Iona is one of my fab website accessibility testers. She used to photograph some of the world’s biggest rock stars and her work regularly appeared in magazines like Kerrang. A boxing injury sustained 5 years ago, unfortunately, left her without the use of one hand and severe pain when using her other hand. As she now has to rely on one hand for all... read more »

So what is wrong with dropdown menus?

So what is wrong with dropdown menus?

The benefits of using a dropdown menu Dropdown menus are a convenient way of keeping your website clean and uncluttered. They are easy to use and require very little skill to operate. What on earth could be wrong with them? Well, let us take an audit I did recently for a travel company and see. Mede is blind and uses a screen-reader and a keyboard. She is... read more »

Accessibility is not just about wheelchairs!

Accessibility is not just about wheelchairs!

I saw a feature on the BBC local news this morning about pavement parking. Cars parked on pavements mean that people pushing prams, people using mobility scooters and people in wheelchairs have to use the road instead, which is obviously far more dangerous. In London a new law has been introduced, making payment parking an offence and I am sure that we will see this... read more »

Making a travel booking is easy unless you are blind!

Making a travel booking is easy unless you are blind!

A live test Last week I was doing an audit for a travel company. I have my amazing team of live testers, I give them a series of tasks to do on the website and we record the results. Mede is a Masters Degree student and is blind. She uses a screen-reader and a keyboard. She had the task of booking a journey on a specific... read more »

5 Website Design Elements Critical for Brand Building

5 Website Design Elements Critical for Brand Building

A well-knit and structured website is of primary importance for any brand or business. The website plays the greatest role in promoting and advancing any business. It helps you bring out the brand identity for your business. Only if your website is intricately designed can customers understand what exactly your business deals with. Designing Websites for Brand Building - Why is it Essential? To promote your... read more »

How does a blind person use their credit card?

How does a blind person use their credit card?

An intriguing question This is a question that hadn’t occurred to me before. I’m doing an audit this week for a travel company and part of the process is making a booking and paying for it. My testers will use the company credit card of course, I provide them with the details in advance. One of my testers, who I will call Mary, said she... read more »

Clive interviewed on Vectis Radio

Clive interviewed on Vectis Radio

The day before my TEDx Talk, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Ian Mac, the owner of the wonderful radio station, Vectis Radio. Vectis are a community-based radio station with a focus on helping teenagers with a variety of challenges. I knew as soon as I met Ian that I was in the company of someone who shared my passion for inclusivity and... read more »

My TEDx Talk on website accessibility for disabled people is now online!

My TEDx Talk on website accessibility for disabled people is now online!

I was extremely privileged to present my TEDx Talk at the TEDx Lukely Brook event yesterday, over in the Isle of Wight. After talking about this subject for 15 years at many networking and other events in the South, it was simply wonderful to be given the opportunity to present on the TEDx stage. I want to thank Dale Howarth and his Team for making... read more »