Digital Accessibility

While the idea of making public websites accessible is gaining traction, digital accessibility also needs to be taken into account in businesses’ internal digital systems. In today’s world, all employees need to have ready access to information technology systems. The right technology enhances both productivity and morale for everyone.

To assess the accessibility of online content, consider font size, language, colour choice and contrast, and alternative text describing images. If a website is read out loud by a screen reader, it should make sense, proceeding in a logical order with everything labeled. Sites and programs should also be operable with only a keyboard for those who have difficulty using other input devices. Design should help users avoid making mistakes but should enable mistakes to be readily correct.

You can learn more about accessible technology for the workplace and elsewhere here. The University of Vermont’s web page has a useful summary of web accessibility and a list of some related tools and resources here. WAVE is a particularly useful tool for assessing the accessibility of existing web pages and can be found here. Typing in a link to any web page will make it appear with concerns about accessibility flagged. Still, thinking about accessibility before implementing new technology saves time and work and benefits all users.