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5 Essential Articles in Designing Accessible Websites

What if not all of your customers were able to use your website? They could log on to it, but they wouldn’t be able to interact with it or use any of its features. This, of course, would be bad news for both your business and the lives of your customers. This exclusion from your digital marketplace is actually the reality for many, visually-impaired people. Many elements of a traditionally-designed website make it nearly impossible for visually impaired customers to navigate or to use.

It’s necessary for all marketers to understand the importance of accessibility, and the general concepts that impede accessibility on a website. It’s only fair for your customers that you make your product and your website as accessible as possible. The topic of accessibility is gaining traction in the public forum, so HighRock has put together a “Getting Started” guide for businesses looking to make their website more usable for all of their customers.

These articles and resources can get you and your team started. Professional designers and developers should consider this list their launch pad; the internet is full of resources to help you create accessible websites that all of your customers can use and enjoy.

  • Attaining complete accessibility is hard, but this guide gives you a simple place to start. This primer on understanding color and contrast also outlines the importance of having an accessible site. Some entities are legally required to have an accessible site – does your company fall within those parameters?
  • Designing for Accessibility, Step 1: Color Contrast
  • Check out this read for a design-centric overview of accessibility issues on the web. To some, it might seem like designing for accessibility would limit your creativity, but accessibility is actually just good design. While exploring color blindness and other visual impairments, this article provides advice on how to keep your designs both accessible and effective.
  • Nailing Accessibility In Design
  • Accentuating where development and design can meet, this article summarizes seven basic tenets to accessibility. It’s also full of helpful examples of accessible vs. non-accessible design. This is a great, tangible source to share with your team.
  • 7 Things Every Designer Needs to Know about Accessibility
  • Could you use the internet for the entire day, only using your keyboard? This article is helpful in understanding what the day-to-day for some users is like, as well as for developers who are interested in making their own sites more accessible. This guide provides the know-how to help you put into practice the elements from the other articles on this list.
  • I Used The Web For A Day With Just A Keyboard
  • How can you know if your designs are truly accessible? Consider this your manual. There’s a wide variety of accessibility issues, and this piece highlights how to acknowledge and resolve each type through different “lenses”. This one serves as an intro to accessibility issues, so it’s another good one to share with your peers.
  • Designing For Accessibility And Inclusion

These resources are meant to be a starting point. When in doubt - keep researching to remain up to date! Technology is always moving and innovating. HighRock is always looking back to sources like webaim.org and smashingmagazine.com for the latest in the accessibility field.

Are you ready to take the leap in making your sites more accessible to all of your users? HighRock is equipped to help. Reach out today with any questions you have about accessibility and design.