Web accessibility is not a trend. It is a must-have feature for a successful platform in 2020. If you want your site to be seen and loved by more people, this blog post is for you.
Make your site accessible to everyone and friendly to users with impairments with this guide to website accessibility 2020 from Drudesk.
What is website accessibility?
Currently, many sites have accessibility barriers that make it difficult or even impossible for some people to see them. Website accessibility means that the platform is developed and designed in a way to let people with disabilities use it. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)'s Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) develops standards to help website owners add accessibility.
Important aspects of web accessibility
- friendliness to screen readers
- clear heading structure
- informative link texts
- images with descriptions
- audio and videos with transcripts or subtitles
- keyboard navigation
- readable fonts
- no time limits
What is WCAG?
WCAG stands for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines which includes a few levels of accessibility: A, AA, and AAA.
AAA: super strict level
AA: semi-strict level
A: low level
The standard accepted worldwide is WCAG 2.0 AA, which consists of 38 criteria for website accessibility success. We recommend you optimize your website to meet all these instructions. In this way, you’ll increase your potential audience, improve your SEO rankings, gain more conversions, and much more!
Read our previous blog post to discover more reasons why website accessibility is important for your business.
An easy guide to website accessibility 2020
Let people with disabilities enjoy your website with this 2020 guide to web accessibility.
- Provide alt (alternative) text for non-text content.
- Add captions or subtitles to video and audio content.
- Make content distinguishable with the help of color and contrast.
- Ensure audio/video volume control, as well as a mechanism to stop or pause audio/video.
- Make all functionality available from a keyboard.
- Give users enough time to read and use the content. No time limits!
- Make text content readable and understandable.
- Provide ways to help users navigate, find content, and determine where they are.
- Make pages operate in a predictable way.
- Help users avoid and correct mistakes.
- Ensure compatibility with assistive technologies.
Check out this blog post on how to create accessible content on your website.
Accessibility in Drupal 8
Drupal 8 has made some significant steps towards website accessibility. Here are some of its main features:
More semantic HTML 5 elements are provided in Drupal 8. This lets a screen reader present semantic elements to the user in a clear way, instead of it sounding like a part of the content.
With the help of Drupal.announce, we can now provide instructions to screen reader users.
Controlled Tab Order
Users might use the tab keyboard instead of the mouse to navigate through your website. The new Drupal accessibility feature is the TabbingManager, which allows visitors to access the elements of the web page in a logical order.
In Drupal 8, alt text is required by default.
Accessible Inline Form Errors
Accessible inline form errors is an experimental core module that makes Drupal forms more accessible: it automatically identifies what errors users have made when filling out a web form.
Bartik underlines links to make it easier to identify them on the web page.
It’s time to check website accessibility!
Check your site’s accessibility and see if you are ready for the new demanding era of technology. There are special free and user-friendly website accessibility checking tools available on the net to help you find weaknesses in your site’s accessibility and recommendations on how to eliminate them. You can also rely on the website support team and order our website accessibility audit services. Our web developers, QA, and SEO specialists are ready to make your platform accessible at the professional level.