Why web accessibility is important

Anysurfer offers advice, auditing, and trainings to help you build accessible websites. Stoomlink followed their training.

Building accessible websites and technologies : that’s the goal of our team. At Stoomlink, we’ve decided to catch up on the latest requirements thanks to AnySurfer’s training. We highly recommend it!

Unfortunately, the web is still far from being accessible to everyone. But this is not inevitable. Web accessibility has to be learned. Anysurfer offers advice, auditing, and trainings to help you build accessible websites.

“Web accessibility means that web content or applications are readable, understandable and usable for everyone, including people with disabilities”, explains Sophie Schuermans, digital accessibility consultant at AnySurfer, ASBL whose goal is to reduce the digital divide.

70% of Belgian websites are not accessible

“At Anysurfer, we estimate that around 70% of the sites in Belgium are not accessible to all. The number calls out. Especially since 15% of the population has a disability, according to the non-profit organisation. That number includes, for example, those who have low vision, are hard of hearing, or have difficulties using a mouse or keyboard.

The elderly : not to be forgotten

“We must not forget the elderly. In general, as we get older we have a lower vision and hearing, we have poorer fine motor skills and perhaps small problems with memory and concentration. It is a very large population that uses the Internet more and more, and they are often neglected. “

The Web accessibility directive

If access to information is a right, the web accessibility directive was set on 23 September 2020 as the date by which all public sector websites across the EU will have to be accessible for persons with disabilities, recalls the specialist.

Alternative Text for Images

Images should include equivalent alternative text (alt text) in the markup/code.

If alt text isn’t provided for images, the image information is inaccessible, for example, to people who cannot see and use a screen reader that reads aloud the information on a page, including the alt text for the visual image.

A screenshot of the Youtube page.
Don’t forget to use subtitles when you upload a video online.

6 tips to make your website more accessible

  1. Don’t forget to add an alt text to the image When equivalent alt text is provided, the information is available to people who are blind. And it’s also available to technologies that cannot see images, such as search engines.
  2. Meet color contrast compliance “Grey text on white background is difficult to read for a lot of people.” For digital accessibility, the concept of color contrast is as critical as it is simple: so your website can be read by everyone.
  3. Transcripts for audio and video Audio and video files aren’t available to people who are deaf and hard of hearing. Providing a text transcript makes the audio and video information accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  4. Any tech support must work Some people can’t use a mouse or have limited fine motor control. An accessible website makes all functionality available from a keyboard. With allow people using assistive technologies, such as speech input, to access it as well. And your website must be available on any screen size.
  5. Code it right Don’t forget to use title attribut (H1-H2-H3) and such when writing down a website. “Assistive technologies have to be able to recognize it.” Coding properly is the first thing to do.
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AnySurfer works towards an accessible internet.

Anysurfer provides advices, auditing and trainings to help you build accessible websites. Contact them via info@anysurfer.be ou le 02-210 61 49

More info on https://www.anysurfer.be/en