Accessibility has been shortened by Google to just A11y, and it means that sites should be available to everyone, they are sites that are available to anyone, anywhere at anytime on any device. It is interesting to note that accessibility, simply put, is to make the site easy to use for everyone. Users may suffer from a broken wrist, a broken trackpad or just be on a shaky train, either option means a certain difficulty for the user to take advantage of the web. Google uses WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) do deliver their content with high importance on access with some countries using their rules as a legal requirement for websites. Use this checklist to ensure the website is WCAG approved;
Input via the keyboard is vital, a user should be able to browse an entire website using the tab, arrow and enter buttons.
While I am looking at making my site a disability friendly as possible, this post focuses on autism. Autism is much more common than people think, effecting 1 in 100 people, I would like my site be effeciently used by children effected by autism too. Asking experts in caring for children with autism I was able to get some fantastic advice for my website. Below are the key points I need to take note of.
Relate words to pictures as it is easier to understand.
Feedback is vital for the user to understand and learn effectively. The site should identify and fix their learning mistake.
Simple navigation is vital and it should include images in the navigation. Icons are a viable option to link.
If the site is to be used within the educational sector, it needs to be 508 compliant.