Learning About Web Accessibility Through Everyday Tasks
A few days ago, I was observing the tasks and chores my friends and I were doing. I wasn’t particularly thinking of accessibility at that time, but an interesting thought came to me.
Web accessibility has many similarities with the activities we carry out from time to time.
Below I’d like to share some of the analysis I’ve come up and hopefully provide you with a different look at making your website accessible.
Preparing a Party
You may be wondering what on earth does preparing a party have to do with making a site accessible. Aside from the fact that both activities can be very exciting, they enable you to provide something everyone can enjoy.
When you are preparing for a party, you would normally think of a set of meals and drinks that each group of guests would be able to appreciate. For instance, there are meat dishes for guests who eat meat, and there are vegetable dishes for those who do not eat meat.
Making your site accessible also lets you give something which persons with special needs would appreciate. Alternative text, for example, helps people who use screen readers in browsing your pages. Content that can be easily navigated benefits people with motor disabilities. Closed captions enable people with hearing impairments to understand the content of videos.
The good thing about web accessibility is that multiple groups would benefit from one feature. Let’s use closed captions as an example. We already know that if you provide closed captions in your video, deaf persons would understand its content. But apart from them, closed captions would also benefit hearing people who prefer reading information rather than listening to it.
Making an Investment
Most of us have tried or have actually made investments by purchasing property or putting money into a business. Here, our main goal is to earn back the cost of making our investment and make some additional income.
Making a website accessible is like putting an investment in your site. In fact, it is actually one form of investment. Let’s say you are running an online business. It is true that you would spend time and in certain cases, finances, in improving the accessibility of your site.
But once you have made your site accessible, more people would be able to use your site and would be willing to do transactions with you. This results to a larger set of clientele and more business.
Doing Home Renovation
All of us can remember the first time we modified our kitchen or our kid’s room. We all know that this task requires much time and hard work. But in most cases, we only focused on a particular area in our home and we don’t have to take the entire house down to do the renovation.
The same can be said with making your site accessible. You do not have to start from scratch and do the coding and structuring all over again. You only have to modify or replace existing codes and add the necessary attributes. Instead of creating new content, you just have to make the existing ones more organized.
Also, similar to doing home renovation, you can always ask someone to help you in planning out, doing the modifications in your site, and testing its accessibility. This ensures that the accessibility of your site has been viewed through more than one perspective.