Tips to Enhance the Accessibility of your Website

Press Release   •   Feb 11, 2011 19:17 GMT

Accessibility is really an complicated aspect in website design. It is all about making your website accessible to all Internet users (including both disabled and non-disabled visitors), Ideally you will follow web standards to enhance your website design as much as possible. But there are some things that you must do to improve the accessibility of any website. Good website design will definitely be an extra boost to let you attain a higher level of accessibility in your website. Here are some tips that could help you while creating your website design,

  • You should include meaningful ALT text in your website design. ALT text is read aloud to blind users by their screen reader. Without the ALT text in your website design, your website might be virtually unusable for visually impaired visitors. So, be sure to include it to all your images  while designing the website.

  • Of course, visitors may not know how to pronounce misspelled words. So, be sure to thoroughly check your content prior to launching your website. Remember, visually impaired people can not able to see your overall website design, but they can experience it. If there is any mistake, this will leave a bad impression of your website design in your users’ minds. So, ensure that few or no mistakes are caused as these will get your visitors utterly confused.

  • Try to obviate abbreviations as much as possible. Without providing help, visitors cannot tell an abbreviation isn’t a word, so they will try to spell it. If such mistakes occur in your website design, then you may be certain that your visitors will get confused. For instance, you might read the letter ‘nr’ as ‘near’ but the visitor may guess at ‘ner’. Therefore, it’s better to use good website design practices to make life easier for your users.

  • Make use of website design solutions to display high contrast colors, especially for text. Dark text on a light or white background is best for most people as it increases readability. Through the use of good website design, you may easily be able to achieve this.

  • Make your text as resizable. Partially sighted or People with poor eyesight also should be able to resize the text. With the help of effective web designing solutions, you can able to provide better readability for such people. Internet Explorer does not let you resize text that has been set using pixels. Therefore, it is wise to use points (pt) or ems (em) for text sizes.

  • Use a website design solution such as CSS to set and adjust colors. Thus, due to such website design, if your visitors find your default style sheet hard to use, they can turn it off or use their own style sheet. However, bear in mind that only the appropriate usage of CSS in your website design will let your users do this.

  • Ensure that your links make sense out of context. Visually impaired people often skip through the links on a page. ‘Click here’ does not mean anything. Instead, saying ‘Click here for more Details about website design’ would be a good practice.

We hope this article will help you to create a website that is accessible to at least 98% of your potential customers and increase the conversion rate of the website significantly. An accessible web design helps you to reach out to masses across all type of limitations and boundaries. Above all, audit your site frequently so that your accessibility standard is always up to date and reliable.