Many companies are now understanding that accessible web content is important so that all of their users can experience their site, buy their products and other important tasks. At the same time, busy content management groups are regularly churning out fresh batches of blogs, web pages, and social media posts. With so much new content being created every day, companies fear they need specialized knowledge to prevent complicated workflows from inadvertently creating accessibility issues on their digital properties. But the good news is, following some simple steps, much of your content can be made accessible.
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Americans with disabilities have historically had difficulties finding and keeping jobs. However, there has been a spike the last few years in hiring people with disabilities, thanks to a tight job market with a low overall unemployment rate.
When thinking about the color scheme for web pages, developers and designers typically focus on what colors are the most visually appealing. Often times, developers have no control over what colors are used, and instead this decision is made by other members of the company who want to closely resemble brand colors. However, an important aspect to consider with relation to the website’s color scheme is, how much contrast does each color pairing have? Will all users find this content legible with the chosen colors?
The hard work in any web accessibility project begins when you receive the results of the audit. Until you know the number and complexity of issues existing on your site, it is difficult to predict how many developers you will need and how long the project will take. Often, the web accessibility remediation occurs in tandem with other, normal website updates and improvements, or even in tandem with a total website redesign and development. More often than not, the remediation is not going to happen in a week, or even a month.
Most websites and apps are geared for business and productivity. However, there are a sizable number of websites and apps that are focused on entertainment and fun. It is just as important that these should also be accessible to all users.
Last week, we took a tour of the Assistive Technology (A.T.) Lab at the MN STAR Program, where people can try out and borrow a wide variety of A.T. We had a great time seeing and learning about new A.T.!