A website accessible for the disabled is easy to use for everyone. This means that people with disabilities can use all of the website’s features. There are many things you can do to make your website more accessible, like using accessiBe, or following these tips.
Make sure your website is easy to navigate.
All of your website content should be easy to navigate. Whenever you add new pages, make sure that they are linked to the other pages on the site. You can use a navigation bar or menu to take users anywhere on your site. Make sure your navigation is simple and intuitive for all users.
Remember screen resolutions when designing your website.
The size of the screen used to view your website will vary depending on the device. Your site needs to look good and read on different resolutions, so use media queries or percentage widths for elements. Try resizing your browser window. If all the content fits within one monitor, you are doing it right. Make sure that your site can enlarge and shrink to any resolution easily.
Make sure your website is easy to use.
Your website should be simple and easy to use when navigating through the pages, signing up for services, or buying products. Add drop-down menus if you have a lot of content on each page. Make sure that users with disabilities can access all the content using skip links.
Focus on keyboard accessibility when designing your website.
When designing your site, make sure that users can navigate with just a keyboard if they want to. Make sure that clicking on each link with a mouse also has an equivalent shortcut with the tab key. This is especially important for links that go to another page or website.
Use descriptive tags on your site.
You need to make sure your website content has the right HTML tags, like links and headers. Don’t use <div id=”content”> as a header as this isn’t descriptive enough, and some users may not know what it means. Instead, use <header> to show that you are using a header tag.
Use text to convey meaning on your site.
Don’t rely on color alone to convey meaning on your website. Some users will have their browser set not to display the colors or might be viewing your site through a black and white screen. Use color only as an extra way to convey information on your website, not the main way.
Use an easy-to-read font.
The font on your website will be displayed differently depending on the user’s browser and screen size. Try using a sans-serif font like Arial, Verdana, or Calibri for text throughout your site instead of serif, like Times New Roman.
Use a high contrast color scheme.
Make sure that your website is easy to read and view on different screens, even if someone uses a screen reader. For example, try using a light background with dark text for easier viewing. Make sure people can alter the colors of their browser, too; some users might find this difficult to see.