by Penny Everett, VerseOne Accessibility Specialist
As an Accessibility Consultant, much of my time is spent conducting accessibility and usability audits of websites—mainly in the UK public sector.
At VerseOne’s upcoming Accessibility Focus events in January, I have been asked to present on the most common accessibility and usability errors that I have encountered whilst conducting website audits in 2012.
For my first Accessibility Focus blogpost of 2013 I thought I would list the top 5 accessibility issues that I came across on websites from the NHS, local government and housing sectors in the UK.
I have to say that, before you read on, all these errors were made by designers and content authors who had no idea that they were creating a problem for the disabled visitors to their website. Whilst, they were all mortified when they realised how they could be affecting their users, they showed great diligence and enthusiasm to make the necessary changes for WCAG 2.0 compliance.
As well as listing the issues themselves, for a bit of fun I have also accompanied the list with a quiz. You can submit you’re answers in the comments below, or book onto one of the free events in January. At the end of the month we’ll post the answers up on the blog.
So what are the 5 most common accessibility errors?
Not tell users in advance what would happen if they clicked on a link.
Q. What 3 main instances could affect users adversely?
Use formatting for headings inappropriately.
Q. Why would this be a significant problem and who would it affect?
Websites often have short videos that exclude both deaf and blind users.
Q. What 2 things can be done to ensure that these disabled users are able to gain the same information as people who are not deaf or blind?
Images are often used to link to another web page or web site which give blind users a problem.
Q. Apart from forgetting to add alternative text for the image there is another major mistake that content providers make in this respect – what could that be?
One of the most common motor impairments is found in office workers who have repetitive strain injury and can no longer use a mouse. They often end up just relying on the keyboard to navigate web pages. Unfortunately many websites make this very hard for these users.
Q. What is the most common difficulty they might experience when doing this?
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If you would like to see Penny's presentation in January 2013 click here to book onto an Accessibility Focus event near you, or share your thoughts on the answers to any of the questions in the comments box below.