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Web development is not just about coding snippets or designing interfaces, there’s more to it. Over the time, the development community has evolved to unveil new elements and facets of the development process. One such essential feature is that of accessibility. Web accessibility is a pivotal element that determines the usability of a web development solution. In literal terms, accessibility can be defined as making web accessible to people with disabilities or even all abilities. Though, it is crucial for every developer to comprehend the significance of web accessibility, at times many development geeks overlook the fundamental aspects and thus, commit some common mistakes.
The common web accessibility mistakes have more to do with the failure of developers to comprehend the concept rather than the failure to understand technology. To avoid these errors, developers need to ensure that they by-heart the driving fundamental of accessibility- what you see is ‘not’ what you get. Here’s an overview of the common errors that developers often commit when it comes to making a website accessible.
Always “Click here”: No, we don’t have any issues with the term in itself, but we do mind the occurrence of a text on a page, using a generic term, to target different pages altogether. In order to maximize accessibility the best way out is to proceed from one link to the other on a page and scan the content as you proceed. It is best to keep navigation linear. Non-visual users don’t have the choice to navigate through the entire page just to scan the context of a certain text. Assigning unique text to a unique link is quite beneficial, especially in case of non-visual users.
Lack of Keyboard Accessibility: People with mobility disabilities or those who are suffering from diseases like Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s, often use screen readers and thus access your site without a mouse or any other pointing devices. These users are often stymied by the lack of keyboard accessibility, which becomes more evident while using features that cannot be accessed without using a mouse. This makes it impossible for these visitors to navigate and know where they are on a page.
Bad Contrast: The contrast between background color and text color contributes majorly to the readability of a website. This particularly concerns the users who are suffering from color-blindness or any other visual impairment. It may also affect any user who is browsing your site on a device in a less than optimum condition- in bright sunlight on a handheld device or sitting in a corner in a coffee shop. The optimal color contrast is described in terms of ratio that can range from 21:1 (for high contrast) to 1:1, when the background and foreground are using the same colors. For normal sized print a contrast ratio of 5:1 is acceptable
.CAPTCHAs: Choosing between accessibility and Spam prevention has always been a tough call. However, various alternatives of CAPTCHA are available when it comes to Spam prevention. Scanning the content thoroughly is a great way of preventing Spam without impacting the accessibility of a user. CAPTCHA codes often act as hindrances for users with disabilities.
Instructions Led by Colors: A very relevant example of this can be seen on various live websites that repetitively use the text- “all fields marked in red are mandatory.” Such instructions are completely fruitless for users who access your site on devices that don’t display color or are incapable of distinguishing between colors themselves. Any visually impaired user finds it difficult to even detect if there are any colors on your web page or not.
A web development solution is successful only if it is accessible to all. You need to value both able and specially-able users alike. This will make your site highly accessible and can increase its viewership. Only then you will be able to establish an eminent presence on the World Wide Web.
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