How accessible is your website?

I wasn’t planning to write another post just yet, but I’ve just seen that today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Which means that it’s the perfect time to launch my “Have you met…?” series and introduce you to the wonderful Kirsty Major.

You might have heard me mention Kirsty before, as we recently started working together, joining forces to create the Conversation Club with Kirsty and Jane.

But that’s not what I want to focus on today. Kirsty is a woman of many talents, who’s not only an English teacher, author and podcaster but also provides accessibility checks for websites. Depending on your needs and budget she can provide accessibility consulting, testing using screenreader software, a written report on how accessible your website is, etc.

The great thing is that Kirsty does much more than just going through a list of requirements and checking boxes. She uses screenreader software herself on a daily basis, so when she looks at your website it’s very much from the user perspective and she provides valuable feedback, including things you might not have thought of. I think most of us are happy and willing to make our websites more accessible if possible, but we’re not always aware of what might cause problems for someone who relies on screenreader software to navigate around a website. For example, it turns out that I have a non-standard header structure on my main page, which doesn’t make any difference to a sighted person, but could make it more difficult for a non-sighted person to navigate from section to section. That’s something I need to change.

I found Kirsty’s approach to be helpful and pragmatic. Her accessibility report was very thorough, and she summed up by suggesting the most important areas to focus on.
If you’d like to find out more about online accessibility I recommend reading one of Kirsty’s blog posts on the subject:

The F-Word in Online Accessibility

The Three Levels of Online Accessibility

And if you want to find out how accessible your website is, you can find out about Kirsty’s services here.