Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Website accessibility

I just read an article on the BBC noting that most websites (97%) do not comply with accessibility guidelines for the disabled. This was a survey of over 20 countries and the article notes that here in the UK only 3 websites achieved the minimum required standards. This is a truly scary statistic and a reflection of our ignorance when it comes to understanding disability. The main issues regarding web accessibility are:
  • The provision of adequate text description to accompany graphics (93% failed);
  • Over reliance on java script for functionality. Java script is particularly hard to handle if you are visually impaired and using speech software (73% of all websites surveyed relied on some form of java script);
  • Poor color contrast. Again this applies to the visually impaired population - individuals with are colour blind. It is important not only to differentiate between colours but also between tones (78% of sites surveyed had poor colour contrast);
  • Programing code used was below standard. Apparently 98% of sites were substandard. I have to admit I know very little about this and cannot comment on it;
  • Inability to alter or resize the page;
  • 89% of the sites were hard to navigate;
  • Excessive use of pop-up windows leading to problems with screen magnification software.

Click here to go to the article.


Cuentos said...

Of your last posts, this subject is the most interesting… for me. Greetings, Mariana Cuentos.

Tara Deck said...

I agree that there is so much ignorance of disabilities, but how would you go about minimizing it?