How Accessible is your web site?

If you don’t know, run your web site through WAVE and it will give you an idea how acces­si­ble your site really is.

If you don’t think acces­si­bil­ity is impor­tant, just ask Tar­get what they think about it after they lost a legal bat­tle for $6 mil­lion dol­lars back in 2008.

You prob­a­bly want to know about 508 com­pli­ance. Here is a good arti­cle on why web design­ers should con­sider 508 com­pli­ance. Here is a 508 com­pli­ant check­list.

You prob­a­bly should dig into a lit­tle ARIA. But if you’re like me, that arti­cle is a lit­tle too much info at one time. I found this arti­cle on ARIA a lit­tle more digestible.

Now after you did all that and made the appro­pri­ate changes to your site. Run your web­site through WAVE again.

Web Accessibility Tester

I am cur­rently build­ing a site for a gov­ern­ment agency. When the gov­ern­ment is con­cerned, acces­si­bil­ity isn’t just a nov­elty item, it’s the law.

Don’t believe me? Check out:

http://www.section508.gov/

And on pub­lic com­pa­nies, Tar­get had to pay mil­lions because of a law­suit against the usabil­ity of their website.

Now that I have your atten­tion, here is a tool to get your sites up to speed with acces­si­bil­ity. I tested my blog on that site and I found acces­si­bil­ity issues.

http://wave.webaim.org