Conducting an accessibility audit is an essential part of evaluating the accessibility of your site.
Why do it?
Your website should be accessible to all users: conducting an accessibility audit is an essential part of evaluating the how accessible your site really is. Since September 2018 meeting accessibility standard WCAG v2.1 is a requirement for public sector websites.
How we do it
We want accessibility to be easy to implement. The solutions we recommend are assessed in terms of priority and effort of implementation. We have designed our accessibility audit to give you known solutions to any problems found, and a context within which to apply them.
A representative selection of pages from your site are identified and checked for compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG v2.0 and 2.1, as laid down by the W3C). The testing does not rely on automated checking – each page is evaluated ‘by hand’, as the W3C recommends.
We then produce a report that sets out:
- A summary of the key issues, with graphs showing the progress made to each of the three levels of accessibility: A, AA and AAA
- A prioritised list of issues to be addressed that indicate the severity of the issue and an estimate of the resource required to address this
- A detailed description of the accessibility issue, why it isn’t compliant with the WCAG v2.0 and 2.1 checkpoints with recommendations of how the issue should be addressed and examples of revised coding where appropriate
We also recommend a half day meeting, where we would present the outcomes and discuss how best the changes can be implemented in light of the constraints faced by the client.
Additional Service – Template Build
As an additional service, once the evaluations are complete, our designers will take an existing page from the site and rebuild it from the ground up, incorporating all recommendations from the report documents, and commenting the code extensively:
- A template visually reproducing the existing page.
- Fully separating style from content
Tested across a range of browsers, including:
- Internet Explorer v 8-11
- Chrome (latest Version)
- Firefox (latest version)
- Opera (latest version)
- Safari for Mac (latest version)
- JAWS screen reader (various versions)
- Window Eyes screen reader (various versions)
- Any others as specified by the client e.g. mobile phone browsers