Web accessibility is a relatively new priority, and most companies may not be up to speed on it. Organizations that are considering web accessibility are often faced with certain misconceptions that may make them hesitate to invest in it. If you need to convince senior management to invest in this initiative, you could start by addressing a few common misconceptions about accessibility (web accessibility) that are prevalent in most organizations today.
- Accessible design is boring:
Accessibility has very little to do with a website’s aesthetics. The site doesn’t need to be dull and text-only. Designers and developers are constantly innovating to create the most engaging and interactive websites and applications with accessibility baked into its core.
- It is time consuming and expensive:
Many organizations put off implementing web accessibility assuming it’s a long-drawn big project. Web accessibility can be as small or big as required. You could opt for smaller, faster changes for one financial year and scale up if you wish. Implementing web accessibility also is likely to save you money in the long run. It helps reduce maintenancecosts and is likely to decrease the need to for creating versions of the same site across devices. If you incorporate accessibility within your system in the early stages, costs are likely to be lesser than you expect. Accessibility compliance in accordance with WCAG 2.0 guidelines also helps you avoid legal penalties with regards to Section 508.
- It’s for a limited audience:
Think about how your website can be more inclusive, for the benefit of all customers. While it is true that accessibility primarily focuses on people with disabilities, introducing these features improves usability for most users in constraining situations. Consumers of varying and all abilities now tend to use assistive technology where available, as seen for example in the increased use of closed captions while watching TV or online videos.
- Automated evaluation tools are enough:
Evaluation software can only pinpoint a few accessibility issues. Accessibility requirements can be a grey area sometimes and require the subjective analysis by a user. Manual testing is a must to ensure that you can get a complete picture of the full range of areas that need attention.
Achieving accessibility is an ongoing process. You can start with small goals and proceed to move towards larger ones through the year, depending on your targets. If you are looking simply to start with a test or review of your existing website and applications or would like to start developing a plan of action for achieving web accessibility, connect with us. At Tricon Infotech, we provide you with the complete range of accessibility services that comply with WCAG 2.0 guidelines. Learn more about Tricon Infotech’s end-to-end accessibility services to help you achieve your goals.