25.03.2019 by Pavels Mordvicevs
You might have noticed some chatter in your newsfeed lately over web accessibility: larger companies like GNC, Domino’s Pizza, and even Beyonce’ are facing lawsuits over a lack of website accessibility. But what is web accessibility and how can you determine how your website measures up to current regulations?
What is Web Accessibility?
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) were created to ensure the web is accessible to people with a diverse range of hearing, movement, sight, and cognitive ability.
This accessibility is essential for government organizations, non-profits, and developers wishing to create high-quality websites that do not exclude individuals from using (and enjoying!) their products and services.
Why Web Accessibility is Important
Many tools and programs available today don’t offer accessibility features. Or if they do offer them, they come at a premium. If the web is truly for everyone, we believe having the ability to create web-accessible content should be easier to find, use, and implement.
If you need to improve accessibility for any charts, infographics, dashboards, or even Facebook posts, Infogram is here for you. We have the features that allow you to create WCAG 2.0-compliant content today.
Current Web Accessibility Assessments
In February 2019, WebAIM conducted an evaluation of the homepages for the top 1,000,000 websites (with additional tools to collect site technology parameters). While this research focuses only on automatically detectable issues, the results paint a rather depressing picture of the current state of web accessibility.
- 97.8% of all homepages had detectable WCAG 2 failures
- 85.3% of homepages had low contrast text (making it difficult for those with vision concerns and colorblindness to read the site)
- 68% were missing alternative text for images
Take a deeper dive with this infographic that defines web accessibility and highlights the current state of websites.
Next Steps to Achieve Web Accessibility
Feeling lost? Don’t worry, you can start making real changes to your site’s accessibility today, and Infogram can help. Find out more here.
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