Brighter acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
We can help your organisation create a website that is accessible to everyone. We’ve trained our design and development team to build accessible websites to WACG 2.1 Level AA, ensuring the biggest accessibility barriers are removed.
Accessible websites are good for everyone
Web accessibility means creating websites that can be used by everyone, regardless of ability. When websites are created in an accessible way, they benefit individuals, businesses, and society.
There are many types of disability that impact someone’s ability to access your website: visual, auditory, neurological, motor and cognitive disabilities.
According to the WHO, 15% of people have a disability and that number is set to rise as the population ages.
Accessible websites demonstrate your corporate social responsibility, improve your search results, reduce site maintenance and serve more people. An accessible website will enhance the user experience for all people accessing your site.
Official recommendations from the Human Rights Commission strongly encourage all businesses to meet WCAG 2.1 standards to avoid violating the The Australian Disability Discrimination Act. Australian government’s Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy requires all Australian government agencies to meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA.
Key areas of web accessibility include:
- Keyboard navigation
- Screen readers
- Colour contrasting
- Alternative text for images
- Structured HTML
- Captions for videos
The Brighter Accessibility Checklist
Using the Brighter Accessibility Checklist, our team will pressure test your site against the AA accessibility standards. Finding insights and providing you with a report on how your site can be more accessible.
Is the website built to WCAG 2.0 Level AA accessibility standards, including, but not limited to:
Does the website have well-structured content?
Each page should include a clear content hierarchy utilising valid HTML markup with heading and paragraph tags.
Is the colour scheme utilised in a way that meets colour contrasting standards?
Foreground and background colour combinations need to pass a minimum contrast ratio, and colour shouldn’t be used as the sole way to differentiate between items.
Is the site suitable to be navigated using a keyboard?
The site needs to be easily navigated via shortcut keyboard commands including any buttons, menus and interactive content.
A “skip navigation” feature should be present.
Is the site suitable for use with a screen reader?
The website markup needs to provide alt text, labels and roles for screen readers to interpret content reliably.
Does the site have font sizes that meet the minimum requirements?
As well as the AA standards, different devices and browsers also have minimum font sizes which can impact their behaviour and usability.
Do all forms meet the AA accessibility standards?
Even simple forms can often be tricky to use. Usable forms need to ensure clear communication of information required, validation and messaging.
Do videos/audio players have captions and transcripts? Do videos/audio players have valid settings and controls?
The video and audio content on the website should provide the correct controls as well as captions and transcripts (where appropriate).
Do images include well-written alt text?
Images need to provide alternate text to ensure a good user experience, accessing the site via a screen reader.
Want to improve the accessibility of your website?
Brighter can help.