5th Annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Accessible Web | No Comments

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Thursday, May 19th is the fifth anniversary of Global Accessibility Day where designers, developers, usability professionals are encouraged to take an hour to experience first-hand the impact of digital accessibility (or lack there of).

For my part, I decided to test a website that I currently manage using the WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool. I’ve been working to improve web accessibility on the Haring Center site using what I’ve learned by attending Web Accessibility workshops and talks.

To use WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool, visit the WAVE site and enter the URL of the site you want to test. A review of your web page provides a list of web accessibility errors or alerts.

Overall, the results of the test on the Haring Center site came out better than I had anticipated. I was aware that the site has problems with color contrast due to the use of the organization’s brand colors, but several other items came up indicating web accessibility errors or warnings.

The results of this first test (shown left) revealed that our site had 2 errors; 22 alerts and 15 accessibility features. Exploring the test results showed me that the 2 errors are currently caused by a plugin being used and that many of the alerts were caused by how I used my “alt text” and “title attributes”.

WAVE provides a good description of various problems and possible solutions. During my one hour of testing, I was able to fix at least 5 of the “alert” items. I will have to keep working on this site to resolve the errors caused by the plugin, improve the color contrast and fix the rest of the “alerts” found in this test. I feel like this exercise was a great learning experience and that the site’s web accessibility has been improved.

You can see more information about using WAVE to evaluate sites on their Help page.

Learn more about Global Accessibility Awareness Day by visiting the website.

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