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The Accessibility Audit
Making sure your software is inclusive and accessible

If you can easily use a computer to navigate the web, access websites, and complete any and all tasks that you need to with no extra assistance or modification, then you are only part of 80% of the population.

Not everyone can use software so freely. Visual impairments, hearing impairments, speech impediments, physical impairments, etc. Significantly affect how many people use the internet.

Is your software accessible by these millions of people? Not sure?

That’s where our accessibility audit comes into play.

What is the Accessibility Audit?

During the Accessibility Audit, we will analyze your software to see how it checks out according to the Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 guidelines.

This accessibility evaluation will include:

A review page-by-page of your entire website, or an appropriate sample of your website or application

A list of all Section 506 and WCAG 2.0 violations present in your product

Best practices for accessible software

Our detailed recommendations of how to improve your software’s accessibility

A prioritized list of areas in need of improvement

A summary of Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 compliance for your product

What do we test for in the Accessibility Audit?

We take a close look at all the components and elements that are present in your product, and ask the following questions:

If I didn’t have a mouse plugged in, could I still navigate this page and do some of the tasks it usually allows me to?

If my monitor were off, could I still access the content in the page?

Are the fonts used in the page big enough for me to read without much effort?

Would I have trouble going through this content if I had color blindness?

If your answers are “no”, “I don’t know”, or even “it’d be too difficult”, then you need some optimization. These are just some of the questions an accessibility tester needs to ask to verify the accessibility of a webpage.

Why do an Accessibility Audit?

There are several benefits to making sure your product is accessible.

Accessible websites and other software products can be used by people with disabilities and impairments, as well as by populations who are aging, which provides you with a larger, more diverse user base.

Accessible design indirectly leads to cleaner websites, which lowers load times, therefore increasing user satisfaction.

Accessible products are a great way of indirectly performing search engine optimization, since accessible designs are rewarded by SEO algorithms.

Accessibility testing allows quality assurance engineers to conduct more thorough testing and contemplate details that are often overseen by functional tests.

Accessible websites and other software products can be used by people with disabilities and impairments, as well as by populations who are aging, which provides you with a larger, more diverse user base.

Accessible design indirectly leads to cleaner websites, which lowers load times, therefore increasing user satisfaction.

Accessible products are a great way of indirectly performing search engine optimization, since accessible designs are rewarded by SEO algorithms.

Accessibility testing allows quality assurance engineers to conduct more thorough testing and contemplate details that are often overseen by functional tests.

What’s more, there are some potential negative effects of creating a product with low accessibility.

Low accessibility can affect the user performance in a product and limit its profitability.

Lack of software accessibility can be seen as discrimination against people with disabilities, which, depending on the client’s particular situation and the respective country’s legislation, could have legal repercussions.

Software products with low accessibility often lead to deficient designs, which in turn cause user discontent and negatively affect web traffic.

Not providing an alternative way for people with disabilities to properly access software products and website can lead to bad publicity.

Low accessibility can affect the user performance in a product and limit its profitability.

Lack of software accessibility can be seen as discrimination against people with disabilities, which, depending on the client’s particular situation and the respective country’s legislation, could have legal repercussions.

Software products with low accessibility often lead to deficient designs, which in turn cause user discontent and negatively affect web traffic.

Not providing an alternative way for people with disabilities to properly access software products and website can lead to bad publicity.

Like with all testing, accessibility testing is a cost. However, it is a cost that is worth it for the direct and indirect benefits it entails for our products and brands.

At best, with the appropriate testing, you will end up with a product that can be used by all who need it- comfortably and effectively- which means a larger user population and more profitability.

At worst, without the right testing, you will be stuck with a product that cannot be used by the people who need it- a problem that might even have legal ramifications for your company. Do the smart thing and invest in accessibility testing.