- W3C accessibility
- High contrast
- Screen reader accessibility
- User testing
- Information architecture
- Accessible fonts
- Graceful degredation
- Audience analysis
Every website which we have designed and developed is built to a minimum of WCAG AA level requirements – unless specifically requested otherwise by the client.
This ensures that it outperforms the current legal DDA Requirements for websites and is much more accessible to Users who have issues with using certain aspects of some websites.
When considering accessibility there are a number of factors which our team will take into consideration, including but not limited to:
Code Format – all of the front end of the website is built in a semantic manner – meaning that screen readers can easily explirments what the website is displaying and help guide them through the site. guide them through the site.
Font – font size, and now even the font itself can play a major part in the accessibility of the site. Fonts such as dyslexie (for Dyslexic Users) and FS ME (for Users with learning disabilities) have changed the way in which accessibility can be considered from a typographical perspective. In addition to this, obvious factors such as size and the ability to increase the font are more traditional ways in which accessibility can be considered through copy.
Colour – or specifically the use of colours in juxtaposition can have a large impact on Users who have certain visual impairments. Our design team will consider this during the development of the initial creative concepts of the site – to ensure that all pages designed for all of your outputs are optimal.
Content – both written text and images/videos need to be considered from an accessibility perspective. There are optimum lengths of sentences and paragraphs and our design team can provide advice on the best layout within the webpage real estate to help deliver an accessible site. In addition to this we can discuss with you the use of video, images and graphics which may be more accessible to those who’s first language is not English.
Accessibility Settings – One potential option, which is becoming increasingly popular with websites is to have a high contrast version of the site available for Users to switch to. This means our clients have a version of the website which does not need to follow the accesibility guidelines but instead have an alternative version which Users with accessibility needs can switch to. Whilst this is not a solution we suggest in isolation, the inclusion of a high contrast version, in addition to a fully accessible website, will be of great benefit to all Users of our clients’ sites.
We are keen on making sure all Users of the internet can have a fantastic experience on our websites and feel the combination of well considered, attractive design and best practice coding along with useful, legible, and high standard fall back solutions means that Roundhouse Digital websites do this.