Updated: Dec 14, 2019
This blog is written with a heavy heart, why, for some reason the subject of website accessibility on my website https://www.michaeljfoxwebdesign.com/ completely slipped my mind fortunately while catching up with wix experts events a recent post covered the accessibility subject which drew my attention to a serious error of judgement! I'm now fully focused on website accessibility.
Thanks to a wix expert I was directed to https://userway.org/
Web accessibility can seem complex and overwhelming if you don't know where to start! however UserWay's plugin will instantly guide you through the process of ensuring your website is accessible and complies with WCAG 2.2 AA or irons out any weak spots that might cause issues.
Surprisingly one in five users (20%) require accommodation to use a website so roll out the welcome mat and protect their civil rights, you could also avoid legal exposure and what's more impressive its absolutely free of charge to integrate it in a Wix website.
What must be of major concern is failure to comply with Section 508 of the Department of Justice's ADA (American with Disabilities Act) Standards for Accessible Design could expose a web design company to hefty fines, the risk of expensive criminal and civil litigation as well as a reputation for being unfriendly to the disabled.
It appears the floodgates have opened with some big names failing to provide accessible websites and mobile applications with suitable content in accessible format. Fines for non compliance are hefty and
can be fined up to $50,000 for a first violation and $100,000 for a second, and even more for compensation of damages. Get the Widget
Acknowledgement to UserWay for the following content and images.
Web Accessibility for the Visually Impaired
UserWay assists users that have varying degrees of visual impairment by enhancing their browsing experience to best meet their needs and physical limitations. We do this by improving your site's support for keyboard-only navigation, as well as enabling users to independently increase the contrast of contents on your site, increasing the font size, switching to a more readable font face, using a larger cursor, highlighting links, desaturating content (removing colour from text and images), and more, based on their personal disability and preference.
Web Accessibility for the Elderly
With the UserWay accessibility plugin we help elderly users overcome any senses that may have softened or deteriorated over time by allowing them to adjust the text size on your site, by highlighting clickable areas so they don't get lost among the other content, by increasing the size of the mouse pointer and by using higher contrast colours. We do all of this via an intuitive and easy-to-understand plugin that will be unobtrusive to any users who don’t actually require it.
Web Accessibility for the Blind
With UserWay, blind and visually impaired people on your site can finally become more independent and better integrate with the online world, which they so intimately depend on for their daily lives. Accessibility guidelines empower disabled users to more effortlessly deal with everyday tasks while helping make their handicap a little less of an obstacle.
UserWay helps visually impaired and blind users have a more meaningful browsing experience on your website and thus a stronger connection with you and your business. While you'll be more closely adhering to website accessibility standards as required by law, you may also enjoy increased ROI from providing a better experience to a broader user base.
Web Accessibility for Situational Disabilities
Have you ever had your pupils dilated for an eye exam, only to leave the doctors office and find the world painfully bright and blurry? Or maybe you've found yourself unable to type on the computer because you sprained your wrist?
These scenarios might just seem like temporary frustrations, but there’s actually a name for them - situational disabilities. Disabilities do not always have to be permanent or ongoing. Sometimes your environment or circumstances can create a temporary disability or impairment.
UserWay helps to make technology more accessible for everyone, no matter what their situation is or how long they anticipate it to continue. If you're temporarily impaired, having easy-to-use modifications will give you more freedom and flexibility to adapt digital content to your needs.
Web Accessibility for the Mobility Impaired
Try abandoning your mouse for a couple of days and see what the experience is like navigating your company's site.
UserWay creates a simpler and more accessible browsing experience for users with mobility issues as well. Millions of people cannot use a mouse or other pointing device and rely solely on their keyboard to navigate websites. Your site should be fully navigable using a keyboard's tab key, arrow keys, the enter key and the spacebar.
The UserWay widget will make smart modifications to elements on your site that we identify as potentially non-compliant or that may prevent keyboard-only navigation. And we do it all without requiring you or your developers to make costly adjustments to your website's existing codebase.
UserWay now supports over 24 languages and can automatically identify which language a user will need.
The accessibility menu will display in each users' local language, allowing users to understand your website's accessibility features regardless of where they're from or what language they speak.
You won’t need to configure anything extra, it’s all done for you.
UserWay even provide an editable accessibility statement document for you to copy and paste on your website.
On all future web designs it must surely be prudent as designers to ensure the UserWay Widget becomes an integral part of a design package to protect not only the designer but the design recipient as well.
Acknowledgement and thanks to UserWay for some content used in this blog post