What is an Accessibility Audit?
As the impact of the internet has increased over the years, accessibility for all to the web has also grown in importance. The World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) set the global standards for accessibility. Through its Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) were developed. The current guidelines WCAG 2.0 is separated out into three levels (A, AA, AAA). These conformance levels build upon each other and progressively have a larger impact on the design and presentation of a web page’s content. An audit ensures that your website meets the necessary global standards for accessibility and promotes an inclusive digital presence.
Who Needs an Accessibility Audit?
All should be concerned with the accessibility of their site to the public. An audit will improve the usability for all users of your site. However, it is vital for organizations that work with or may work with:
- Those with disabilities
- The aging population
- Or a government entity
If this still doesn’t include you, and accessibility audit is always recommended to all to reduce the potential of legal entanglements and lawsuits.
When to Request an Accessibility Audit?
Accessibility should be checked at least once a year or with the launch of any new versions.
How Standard Beagle Performs an Accessibility Audit?
To perform the audit, our team:
- Reviews the current website and selects the pages to be tested based on the following criteria:
- common web page
- relevant web page
- essential to the functionality
- contained relied upon web technologies
- unique web page type
- among a randomly selected sample
- Check the selected pages against the WCAG 2.0 Level A/AA standards through automated and manual tests to validate compliance
- Provide you with a detailed report on your site’s compliance, as well as recommendations
- If needed, help you implement these changes into your site
- Review the changes to ensure that your site now meets the standards