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Making Your Website Accessible For People With Sight Loss

by | 12 Oct, 2017 | Website Design

If you have the best website design Kingston has to offer then you should make sure that your website is as accessible as possible.

People with disabilities should be able to access your business offerings as well as anyone else, this means you can expand your possible customer base, but more importantly, it is the law.

There are a number of easy steps you can take to ensure that your website is as accessible as possible for people with sight loss, though they aren’t well known about.

  1. Check your use of images

Using images is fine, but they shouldn’t contain information that can’t be found elsewhere on the page. Why? People with sight impairment will be unable to access that information if they are using a screen reader. Make sure any information in image is accessible elsewhere in the text.

  1. Use headers

This is important not only for disability accessibility but also for your SEO, so don’t knock it. Use proper H1, H2 and H3 architecture in your text and never just ‘bold’ titles. People on a screen reader will be able to browse by skipping between the headers when they access a page, making it essential for ease of access for them.

  1. Optimise your UX

This is important for everyone but is particularly important for someone who has a disability. Making your website as easy to use as possible benefits people who already have some difficulties accessing it disproportionately, so remember that next time you are considering this aspect of your website.


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