Web design - digital media

Accessibility and British Standard BS 8878

If you are responsible for a company or public sector website you will be all too aware of the term ‘accessibility’.

BS 8878:2009 Web accessibility is the British Standard Code of practice that covers building accessible experiences for disabled people.

So how exactly do you go about building a website with a very limited budget, that looks good, is accessible by the visually impaired.

The first place to start is The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) publishes three sets of guidelines which, when harmonized, increase the likelihood that web content will be accessible to and usable by disabled people.
• Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG): [http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG]
• Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG): [http://www.w3.org/TR/ATAG]
• User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG): [http://www.w3.org/TR/UAAG]

BS 8878 code of practice is written for managers, web designers and web developers to follow and understand exactly how to conform their website. However it is important to understand that the documentation covers several important areas relating to accessibility.

  • Involving disabled people in the planning, development and testing of a business’ or organization’s website
  • Usability testing with disabled people
  • Testing with assistive technology
  • Expert review

Contact Microedge to see how we can perform usability testing involving disabled people covering different disabilities and assistive technology.