Ever thought how will you use a mobile device or computer if you are visually impaired or have hearing problem? Use a mouse, keyboard or touch the screen?
Usually people with disabilities use a wide range of assistive technologies to navigate these obstacles, but websites and applications too must be built appropriately for the technology to work.
For any businesses one of the most important things to consider is your website’s accessibility. In order to ensure that you are not limiting access to your website content, you need to build your website in such a way that it is compatible with things like screen readers and assistive scanning keyboards. Following simple best practices for web accessibility will help your business or organization widens their reach, and will bring you other benefits as well. Let’s have a look at few:
- Help People with Disabilities
There are few people who are unable to use and obtain the same services or information that most of us are able to learn by relying on the web. With the help of accessible websites differently abled people will be able to read, learn, work, shop and communicate with their friends and family too.
This can bring a big change in the life of those living with sensory, motor, or cognitive disabilities. Additionally it can also benefit people who are completely blind, deaf or unable to use their hands, as well as those with mild hearing or vision loss. Accessible websites can even help someone with a temporary injury that prevents them from interacting with websites in the way they are used to.
- More Visitors and Great Market Growth
Both normal and differently abled people get attracted to sites that are most informational or cultural. For instance if you run a commercial site, it might not be immediately obvious that someone with a disability would not care about your products or services. As parents, children, friends, and colleagues, however, disabled persons can also be equally interested in learning about or purchasing what you offer. Someone in a wheelchair might not be able to ride a bicycle, but that doesn’t mean they cannot buy one for someone else.
- Reduction in Site Development and Maintenance Cost
It usually costs less if you build an accessible, standards-compliant site right at the beginning. Additionally it is quicker and easier to make changes and add new features to an existing website that was developed earlier, keeping accessibility in mind and according to web standards and best practices.
- Reaching Browsers and Mobile device Users
It is seen that accessible websites that implement web standards most probably work on almost all the browsers and across multiple devices, increasing the number of potential customers able to access your site.
- Improves Site Usability for Everyone
If your website is usable by persons with disabilities then it will be easy for everyone to use, without any need to compromise on a site’s visual design or interactivity.
As discussed above these are the five good reasons to make websites and web applications accessible to everyone. Web accessibility is mainly designed for differently abled people and different disability requires different assistive technologies. The applications should equally work well with these assistive technologies. At Tricon we build applications that are inclusive and we have expertise to implement different levels (A, AA and AAA) of Accessibility.