In our last post, we talked about the business case for making websites as accessible as possible.
Today, we’ll talk about the big ideas behind web accessibility and how we can use them as guiding principles when it’s time to create your site.
In turn, it can help your website achieve good user experience (UX).
To make web accessibility a bit more concrete and less abstract, there are a series of guidelines published known as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
Of course, it’s not feasible to recite the 61 WCAG 2.0 guidelines from memory. (78 if we’re talking about the latest version.)
To help with remembering the WCAG principles, you can think of the four major categories of web accessibility using the acronym POUR:
These principles are an overview of web accessibility and I would highly encourage taking a dive into it when you have a chance. I’ll attach some resources below.
Truth be told, accessibility is heavily affected by the underlying code beneath websites and, if you caught my drift, website-building platforms are limited in how they can help us create accessible websites at the moment.
But even then, I believe we can use the four principles to design websites with good user experience (which we’ll explore a bit more in the next post).
Because at the heart of these ideas is anticipating who might show up at the doors to our websites and being ready to welcome them in.