What is website accessibility?
When we design and build our websites, StoragePug considers the variety of different users that will visit and use the website. With this in mind, we make sure that our websites are accessible to those users with disabilities.
Website accessibility can be defined in various ways, but, ultimately, an accessible website is one that accommodates those users who have physical disabilities, situational disabilities, and socio-economic restrictions on bandwidth and speed.
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
Our Design team adheres to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) that were created by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are as follows:
Perceivable - Information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive.
Operable - User interface components and navigation must be operable.
Understandable - Information and the operation of user interface must be understandable.
Robust - Content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted by by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies.
How does StoragePug make our websites accessible and ADA compliant?
Our design system aims to be accessible by as many users as possible, no matter how they access the web. Here are some guidelines that we follow:
Color Contrast - at least AA
Font Size - adequate to the screen size and isn't too small.
Clear Content - all content follows a hierarchy of H1 as Title, H3 subtitle, P as text following
Clear Hierarchy of Navigation - users are able to discover everything through the navigation bar, footer and access it thorough Keyboard and Voice Over
Easy Patterns - all pages are organized in predictable patterns
Proper Alt-text - all images should have accurate description for screen readers
By adhering to the above guidelines, StoragePug ensures that your website is accessible to users with disabilities.
PRO PUG TIP: Be wary of services that offer accessibility overlay solutions. These accessibility overlays solutions often only address a small number of guidelines found in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Check out this great article by Accessibility.Works that details how overlay solutions often fail to protect or serve those with disabilities.