What Is Website Accessibility?
Web accessibility is the practice of removing barriers between the interaction with the World Wide Web and people with disabilities. When you build a site with availability, visitors will have equal access to the content and functions of that website. Incorporating web accessibility with the development of your website means people with disabilities can interact, navigate, and understand all available material on your site. Web accessibility includes those who visit websites with disabilities ranging from visual, auditory, physical, neurological, cognitive and speech disorders who may use alternate means of navigating and browsing a site. Making sure your website accommodates everyone is what web accessibility is all about.
Whether you need a new website or your current site does not meet ADA standards, Anttix provides fully accessible services that meet all the standards of the WCAG 2. There are no quick-fixes and simple widgets to fix accessibility, regardless of what some services might offers. To meet all accessibility rules, your website code should satisfy the most recent A and AA requirements of the WCAG and be useable by all current assistive technology such as screen readers keyboard-accessible devices. That means building an accessible website the right, which is a core principle at Anttix that we apply every day for all of our clients.
What Are The Consequences Of A Lack of Accessibility
In the past several years, the number of federal lawsuits related to inaccessible websites has grown exponentially. Law firms are looking for ADA violations, and the settlements for these cases average over $42,000. Most of the costs of these suits go towards just the expenses of the claims, including attorney fees and court costs.
Not only have the number of lawsuits increased, but the number of demand letters issued for website non-compliance has increased significantly. This trend is similar in many ways to physical accessibility. Lawyers would drive-by and look for buildings without ramps, railing, etc. and send out a letter demanding money. Otherwise, they would sue. Regardless of whether this tactic is fair businesses were responsible for complying. Lawyers are within their rights to request payment for legal fees. The demand letter cost is often between $2,000 and $6,000.
The cost of waiting too long can be severe. Still, most of all, making sure your website accessible to millions of people with disabilities means you are making sure you are not ignoring a large portion of your site audience.
Instead of the Consequences, What are the Benefits?
Accessibility can be rewarding by knowing you are doing the right thing for your disabled users, but there is more to it as well. In addition to disabled users, everyone benefits from an accessible site. Accessible sites tend to have clear and concise content, with more SEO value and searchable data for better rankings on Google and other search engines. You will find users without disabilities will benefit from your site even more by having access to an easier time accessing your content and functions of your site.