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Website Accessibility

What is Website Accessibility?

Website Accessibility is about including people by making a website easy to use for everyone, a little food for thought:

  • 2 Million Dyslexic Users in the UK
  • 1.5 Million People with learning difficulties
  • 2 Million people who live with a visual impairment
  • Users with Low Literacy Levels - 4 out of 10 adults (BSA May 2000)
“Designing an accessible website means you get it right for everyone.”

The above shows why it is an imperative that a website be designed to be as inclusive as possible and to produce a website that includes these considerations from the outset.

Is it the Law?

In the UK the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) that states ‘websites must be made accessible’ came into force on 1st October 199 and a Code of Practice for this section of the Act was published on 27th May 2002.

We as Web Designers and our clients do have a responsibility at some level to ensure your website design is as inclusive as possible.

Collectively we now have a legal obligation - following the implementation of section 21 of the Disability Discrimination Act (1999) - to make reasonable adjustments to ensure blind and partially sighted people can access your service. The DDA does not specifically address websites design standards but it does make reference to the service provision of, well any service that can be accessed by the disabled.

What if your website design is not accessible?

At the very least you leave yourself open to criticism, bad press and and possibly even legal action if your site is not accessible. A disabled person could make a claim against you if your website makes it impossible or unreasonably difficult to access information and services. If you have not made reasonable adjustments and cannot show that this failure is justified, then you may be liable under the Act, and may have to pay compensation and be ordered by a court to change your site.

Who can build you a website design that ‘complies with UK Law’?

As there is no definitive set of guidelines as to layout, design and what to specifically exlude or include then no website design company is capable of producing a website for you that is "compliant with the law" or "compliant with the DDA" in the UK.

How do you choose a web site design company?

There is currently no recognised system of accreditation for website developers, best practice and adherance to W3C guidelines and specifications is only way to ‘conform’ with the DDA. In Vogue Media do create designs that adhere to latest W3C standards and as a check we include W3C validation buttons at the bottom of each page that allow anyone to check that we are meeting the required standards. We don’t just write or talk about web accessibility we understand and as far as possible implement those standards.

Contact us to learn more.