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Like to keep up with the latest news about web design? We regularly write about the latest trends in website design, SEO and Social Media. We also give tips and hints about how to make the most of your business website online. Take a read through our website design blog for more web design stories of what is happening around the world.

Today is Purple Tuesday!

Today is Purple Tuesday!

Did you know that today is Purple Tuesday? It is known as the UK’s official Accessible Shopping Day and is supported by the UK Government and many major shopping brands. As someone who has been promoting the cause of Website Accessibility for Disabled People for 15 years, I am personally delighted to see another event that is promoting the cause of accessibility! The Disability Discrimination... read more »

Is your website printer friendly?

Have you ever printed Have you ever tried to print off a page from a website? Very often it will go all over place, images will be cut off, text messed up, it will often go over several sheets of paper with lots of blank spaces. Annoying, isn’t it? It does not have to be that way, however! Think about it for a moment,... read more »

This is why you need to take action now!

This is why you need to take action now!

Accessibility Audit Enquiry I had a chat with a travel company this week. They had some concerns about how accessible their website was for disabled people and they wanted me to undertake a full website accessibility audit and work with their design term to remedy any issues. Before the initial meeting, I undertook a quick appraisal of their website and initially I was very pleased. My... read more »

“Hey you! You in the wheelchair, stand up!”

“Hey you! You in the wheelchair, stand up!”

I cannot imagine that anyone reading this article would ever say this to someone who is in a wheelchair. It is obviously inappropriate, insensitive and, frankly, completely offensive. It is an extreme example of inappropriate behaviour but I can remember many occasions when Jess and I were out in a café when people would ask me a question similar to “Does she take sugar?”, rather... read more »

Blind people do not use the internet. How could they, they cannot see the screen.

Blind people do not use the internet. How could they, they cannot see the screen.

It started with a conversation I was having a chat with a very nice lady last week. We had met at an online networking event and were having a follow-up chat over Zoom. She had been struck by some of the things I had been saying and it had got her thinking. She had previously been working as a health and safety officer for a company... read more »

Here is one easy way to resolve your website accessibility issues!

Here is one easy way to resolve your website accessibility issues!

I am delighted to announce that today is the day that Run Your Own Website Version 2 is officially launched! What is it? Run Your Own Website is all the knowledge we have gained from the last 15 years of creating beautiful, accessible websites, distilled into one amazing product! Whether you are looking you are a sole trader, small business, charity or other not-for-profit organisation, we... read more »

Website accessibility: what is it and why is it important?

Website accessibility: what is it and why is it important?

It’s time to make sure your website is accessible to all demographics. Find out what that means and why it’s important below. A well-designed website can be appealing to the masses, but companies can often miss an important part of their demographic – people with disabilities. A website could have phenomenal branding and great visual appeal, and yet alienate huge numbers of users due to... read more »

Language is important

Language is important

Think about the words For some years I was a lecturer at a college. When you are in a position of authority, the words you use can have a lasting impact.  As you get to know your students, their backgrounds and their own challenges, you can modify your language, the phrases you use, so that they feel more positive. When it comes to your website, however,... read more »

Click Here… Click There… Click… Where????

Click Here… Click There… Click… Where????

The answer to these questions may seem obvious Would you invite someone sitting in a wheelchair to stand? Would you offer to shake hands with someone who does not have the use of their arms. Would you cover your mouth when speaking to someone who was deaf so they could not read your lips? I hope your answer to all of these questions is a resounding... read more »

Your website and accessibility. All you need to know in one video!

Do you have a website? If you do and you are in the UK, your website falls under the Equality Act. If it is not accessible for visitors with disabilities, you are at risk from litigation. However, this is avoidable without having to invest in a new website. Please watch this video to understand more about... read more »

Understanding Website Accessibility, the easy way

Understanding Website Accessibility, the easy way

A simple way of explaining a complex issue Website accessibility, although a complex subject, is of fundamental importance because it relates directly to the experience of all visitors to the website. The reason I say all visitors is because, when thought is given to the accommodation of the needs of visitors with assistive needs, everyone else will also benefit. Here is a way of explaining it... read more »

Mr Search and Mr Access – online, this Friday at 4N Chichester, 10am!

Mr Search and Mr Access – online, this Friday at 4N Chichester, 10am!

What is this about? It is my latest 4Sight, if you have a website, you should come. Why? If your website can be accessed by a member of the public, it falls under the Equality Act. Why is this important? If your website is inaccessible to disabled people, they cannot buy from you. This is bad for your business. They could also sue you under the Equality Act. This... read more »

The Access by Audit website is now launched!

The Access by Audit website is now launched!

After our press release last week, announcing the launch of Access by Audit, we have been putting the new website through the final stages and development and it is now live! There is a wealth of information about website accessibility and we would invite you to have a look. We have striven to keep the information in a format that is easy to understand.  We... read more »

An inclusive approach

An inclusive approach

I had a wonderful conversation with a lady who runs an organisation that is focused on inclusivity, particularly with regard to working with employers, helping them to achieve an inclusive workplace. Ensuring that all the employees are treated equally, regardless of race, gender, religion or disability is crucial. It was a joy talking with her, everything she believes in chimes with what we have... read more »

Would you drive a Tesla with only 3rd Party Insurance?

Would you drive a Tesla with only 3rd Party Insurance?

Of course you wouldn’t! However, I am finding websites that do actually have an accessibility statement (most of them don’t), comply with Government Guidelines but still give little protection from litigation! A dramatic statement to make but it is true. The problem is that the Government guidelines are far too narrow and they do not ensure that websites following them, are actually accessible for many... read more »

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

May 20th 2021 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day! For the last 15 years, we at Access by Design, have been Global Leaders in Website Accessibility. We have always recognised the needs of disabled people to have equality of access and opportunity to goods, services and information. We were creating accessible websites that worked on different screen sizes since 2006, 5 years before Responsive Design hit... read more »