Access 8878: Web Accessibility - Code of Practice

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Making the right decisions

Striking a balance between cost, time and quality is a constant challenge on any project and accessibility is another important consideration to add into the mix.

Here's a few questions that you might want to ask of your development team:

Level of accessibility

  • How much accessibility do we want to provide?
    • WCAG A, AA, or AAA compliance?
    • A third-party accredited standard?
    • How will we measure success?
    • Which features of accessibility will be difficult or costly to include?
      • Do we need to learn new technologies?
      • How will our goal of conformance affect our time-scales?
      • How do we let people know about the effort we have put in to making our web products inclusive?

Read more about WCAG 2.0 accessibility guidelines (this link will open in a new browser window)

Choice of technology

  • How good is our chosen technology at delivering an accessible experience?
    • How can we provide an accessible alternative for areas with poor accessibility?
    • What if a user's disability makes access to certain content difficult no matter what we do?

Web Technology Comparison Table (future link)

Personalizing guidelines (future link)

Gathering feedback (future link)

Legal considerations

  • What are our legal obligations?
    • What will happen in the event that someone has difficulty accessing our site?
    • Can we justify all of the decisions that we have made?
    • What about international requirements?

DDA and the web (this link will open in a new browser window)

Level of confidence

  • How do we ensure that our development team have the right knowledge?
    • Do we need training?
    • What real value do accessibility consultants bring?
    • Can we develop in house or use a contractor?
    • Do we need user testing?
      • How much will it cost?
      • How much of it do we need?
      • Who do we go to?
      • How do we know that the information we get is right?

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