Providing a Website that is accessible is a legal requirement in the UK and most other developed countries. Your Website needs to be accessible to all Internet users (both disabled and non-disabled) regardless of what technology or platform they are using to browse the Web. You must ensure that your business, eCommerce, or non-profit organisation Website adheres to the minimum W3C WCAG 2.0 compliance of the Double-AA standard in accordance with the new Equality Act 2010 and the British Standard 8878 Web Accessibility - Code of Practice. It is absolutely imperitive that business owners understand that their business can be sued by anyone who is having problems accessing the information on their Website.
Businesses can now be sued by people who are having trouble accessing information on their Website.
The following is a list of the most important guidelines, regulations, and laws relating to Web accessibility that Websites are recommended to follow.
- W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0
- Disability Discrimination Act 1995
- Equality Act 2010
- BS 8878 Web Accessibility - Code of Practice
In addition to the above three we also follow the US Section 508 document on Web accessibility. To ensure that the Websites we produce are compliant with the guidelines, regulations, and laws set out in the documents listed above we use a number of automated checkers and validators such as WAVE in addition to carrying out manual accessibility audits and checks ourselves.
Fix The Web Accessibility Campaign
In support of our committment to an accessible Web we also volunteer some of our time to addressing accessibility with the Fix The Web campaign that is led by Citizens Online and funded by the Nominet Trust. We help by volunteering to sift through reports sent in by disabled, non-disabled, and elderly people and then checking the accuracy of the reports as well as checking and validating that the Website in question actually has accessibility problems. We then send an E-Mail to the Website owner to alert them of the issue so they can resolve the issue to help make the Web a more accessible place for everyone to enjoy.