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Tools to Improve Your Web Design accessibility

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There is no doubt that you understand the need for as many users as possible to access your website. But accessible design is a huge concept, and it’s hard to master at it. It can feel like an overwhelming process with endless requirements from both design and development. But responsive layout is a massive term, and one that is difficult to master. It can feel like an overwhelming process with endless demands for both web design and web development.
Here are some of the main key tools to improve your website’s accessibility: –

1. Color safe
Color Safe helps you to check (and even create) accessible color palettes for text and background color contrast based on WCAG guidelines. The tool and standards use a formula based on ratios to determine combinations of colors that can be read by everyone.

WCAG Guidelines recommend a contrast ratio of 4.5 for small text (body) and 3 for large text (anything greater than 24 points).
Only insert your colors and create a palette, based on HEX code, font choice and width. You get to check against an immediate ratio and you can see other similar colors. Check to see if a similar option could be better based on your typeface and size.

2. Contrast checker
Contrast Checker helps you to enter background and foreground colors on the display with an instant, color-coded pass / fail to get immediate checks against several graphical criteria.

The tool’s good features include the ability to switch between choices for color and gray scale, post your test samples, and select colors from pictures. You can save a sample of PDF as well. It’s a simple tool with lots of functionality that can be easily used by anyone.
As outlined in the WCAG Guidelines, it also provides the color ratio.  

3. wave
WAVE is a robust collection of checks in one place, also called as a web accessibility evaluation tool.
The tool uses a visual overlay of icons to provide details about everything from color contrast to redundant titles to links to HTML and structural elements.

Almost anything you need to learn about a single page is provided by the free checker, but WAVE also provides paying, enterprise-level resources for multi-site owners and consumers who want to see more than one page at a time. It also provides browser plugins for Chrome and Firefox that can search web pages in a private environment that are intranet, password-protected, dynamically generated and sensitive.

4. 508 checker
The 508 Checker checks URLs to assess whether a website satisfies the U.S. 508 Compliance requirements required by law for any federally funded entity.
While this software is available, to see full scan results, you need to login.

The platform also provides other tools and resources, including a questionnaire to help organisations figure out if they are subject to 508 regulation and unique guides for higher education, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

5. html code_sniffer

HTML Code Sniffer is a client-side script that checks the source code and searches for breaches of the set standards. This discusses both the 2.0 and U.S. Web Content Accessibility Standards. Paragraph 508.To search or use the bookmarklet, paste code directly into the page.

6. Mobi ready
Mobi Ready offers a graphical template and performance document for a mobile usability check so you can see where the website might be short on the smallest phone.

You can benchmark your website against the Alexa 1000, a ranking of the world’s top websites; get detailed technical results with recommendations and view your website renderings on various screens, including high-, mid-and low-level devices. One of the best parts of this test is that it is scored in dozens of areas and with any "failures" there are suggestions for improvement.

Thus It is important to consider usability and readability for all types of users when it comes to website accessibility. Talk of color, volume, and location of objects, captions, and subtitles, correct HTML, and layout, and even text, to give as many people as possible the best possible experience.

Published by Sam Smith

My name is Sam Smith the owner of Melbourne's leading web design and development agency known by the name Digital Goldman.

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