Website Accessibility Audit
What is a Web Accessibility Audit?
In order to determine if websites are following Web Content Accessibility Standards (WCAG 2.1), it is necessary to conduct a web accessibility audit. WCAG 2.1 was developed to provide guidelines for web content accessibility standards that meet the needs of individuals, organizations and governments.
Identify and Document Barriers to Access
The Value of a Web Accessibility Audit
Web Accessibility Audits Use Automated Software
Software audits, also known as automated audits, are often the first step in testing ADA compliance with web accessibility standards. Software audits are performed with scanning software and also running scripts on a website. These accessibility tools report possible issues or areas that are not in compliance with WCAG 2.1 guidelines. Through the use of a series of scripts, a software audit assesses the presence or lack of certain code conditions. Software audits are very beneficial because they help to quickly identify major problem areas and provide the manual testing technicians an overview of where deeper issues exist. Software audits are a first step in the overall auditing process.
A Good Starting Point, But Human Review is Necessary
Despite the benefits associated with software audits, they do come with particular downsides as well. Each software program designed to conduct software audits was developed by different programmers and authors. Each software option, of which ADA FOR WEBSITES utilizes several, is only able to identify technical accessibility issues that can be found through logical software tests. This underscores the importance of automated web accessibility testing to be simply a first step.
At ADA FOR WEBSITES Web Solutions, we provide a worry-free audit solution by starting with the best software options to test website accessibility. This software produces a wealth of information but it also reports issues that are later identified as false-positives. As a result, the next steps include a human element in web accessibility testing for ADA compliance, otherwise known as a manual audit.
Manual Web Accessibility Audits Performed by User Testers
The Value of Manual Audits
The manual audit process identifies the false positives that were previously reported in the software audit phase, thanks to the in-depth examination by our human experts. At ADA FOR WEBSITES Web Solutions, our manual testing teams are comprised of web accessibility experts and individuals with visual impairments, hearing impairments, cognitive impairments and mobility impairments. This provides the first-hand perspective of a user with a disability and a wide-overview to ensures no accessibility issues are missed. Talk to our experts now!
After the Audit – What’s Next?
Reporting and Planning
Are You Already Involved in Legal Action?
Preparing for Accessibility Remediation
When Should You Audit Your Website and Digital Environments?
It is important to note that accessibility audits should be performed by trained professionals only. At ADA FOR WEBSITES Web Solutions, our teams consist of trained individuals with over a decade of experience and expertise in web accessibility. We can provide first-hand insight on assistive technology, such as keyboard-only navigation, and inform you on areas where your website is lacking. With our in-depth knowledge of ADA, WCAG 2.1 and Section 508 standards, we can offer a thorough education on how to rest assured that your website will stay up-to-date with standards in the future. If you’d like to learn more about web accessibility or begin the web accessibility audit process, contact ADA FOR WEBSITES Web Solutions today and allow our teams to set your organization up for success.