At A La Carte Web Services, we understand the importance of website accessibility. It ensures that your website can be used by everyone, including those with disabilities. However, there are many common pitfalls that can hinder your efforts to make your website accessible. In this article, we will discuss eight of these pitfalls and how to avoid them.
1. Not providing alternative text for images
Alternative text (alt text) is used by screen readers to describe images to visually impaired users. Not providing alt text can make it difficult for these users to understand the content on your website. Make sure to provide descriptive alt text for every image on your website.
2. Using poor color contrast
Color contrast is important for people with color blindness or low vision. Using poor color contrast can make it difficult for these users to read your content. Make sure to use high contrast between your text and background colors.
3. Ignoring keyboard navigation
Some users may not be able to use a mouse to navigate your website. It is important to ensure that your website can be navigated using a keyboard. This includes using the Tab key to move between links and other interactive elements on your website.
4. Not providing captions for videos
Videos without captions can make it difficult for deaf or hard of hearing users to understand the content. Make sure to provide captions for all videos on your website.
5. Using inaccessible forms
Forms are a common way for users to interact with your website. However, if your forms are not accessible, some users may not be able to use them. This includes using labels to identify form fields and ensuring that the form can be navigated using a keyboard.
6. Ignoring assistive technology compatibility
Assistive technology, such as screen readers, are used by many people with disabilities to navigate the web. It is important to ensure that your website is compatible with assistive technology by using semantic HTML and providing appropriate landmarks.
7. Not testing your website for accessibility
It is important to test your website for accessibility regularly. This includes using automated tools and manual testing by people with disabilities. This will help you identify any accessibility issues on your website and fix them promptly.
8. Assuming accessibility is a one-time task
Accessibility is an ongoing process, not a one-time task. As technology evolves and user needs change, it is important to continue to assess and improve the accessibility of your website.
By avoiding these common pitfalls, you can ensure that your website is accessible to everyone. If you need help addressing website accessibility issues or improving the accessibility of your website, contact us today. We can provide you with expert support to make your website accessible for all users.