Making your website accessible for all your website visitors is a goal that you should meet as a website owner. To ensure accessibility to these websites, you have to ensure that you are up to WCAG website accessibility standards. These guidelines are specifically created to help people with disabilities who would want to use the websites that they can find online. One of the most challenged individuals when accessing the web are the ones with visual impairments. There are common website accessibility barriers that these individuals face. Some of these barriers include navigation, layout, non-HTML content, headings, and inaccurate or missing alt text. These barriers have been shown to affect the ability of people with disabilities to use to use relevant technology like screen readers.
Screen readers are commonly used by people with disabilities, which rely on keyboard commands. These commands are the reasons why any text, icons, folders, and files founds on the screen can be accessed by people with disabilities. No matter the operating system, you can rest assured that each comes with a screen reader. Most of them can read portions or all visible text that are present on a page. To comply with these screen readers, though, you should create your website with website accessibility in mind. If you look at technology that support people with disabilities, you will notice that they use codes that are not only well-structured but also accessibility-enabled. You can expect errors in technology and screen readers used when there are faulty codes and code errors present.
If you are going to create a website for all, you need to be fully aware of common website accessibility barriers and how you can combat them. If you want to ensure accessibility for your website, you have to see to it that you get your layout and headings right. For website visitors to know what they will find on your page, the use of proper web headings is a must. Instead of using decorative headings, you should aim to place them in a descending logical order for people with disabilities to interpret your web page properly. When it comes to reading HTML or CSS, screen readers vary. If the sequence of the text preparation requires reading, there are issues that screen readers go through. Because these users don’t often read the whole web page, searching for text on screen is possible with the technology used in screen readers. This is why a logical order should be followed when it comes to structuring HTML. A logical order means starting reading from the right side on the top portion going to the bottom. This order ensures screen reader technology compliance.
When you have navigation, your website should allow the screen reader to skip them to make it more accessible. Moreover, using alternative tags and text for images is a must for people with disabilities to understand the content of the image.