In order to determine if websites are following Web Content Accessibility Standards (WCAG 2.1), it is necessary to conduct a web accessibility audit. WCAG 2.1 was developed to provide guidelines for web content accessibility standards that meet the needs of individuals, organizations and governments.
Identify and Document Barriers to Access
The goal of a web accessibility audit is to identify barriers that are present and that are preventing individuals with disabilities from accessing websites successfully. These obstacles create a frustrating experience for users. Many of these individuals rely on the Internet to complete day-to-day tasks or live independently; infringing on their ability to do that is coming to the forefront as a civil rights issue. In some instances, web accessibility audits are also referred to as conformance evaluations, since their main purpose is to evaluate compliance with rules, laws and standards.
According to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), accessibility involves accommodations for users with various forms of disabilities, including visual, hearing, cognitive and mobility disabilities. Since each disability is unique and can affect each individual in a very unique, W3C provides the WCAG 2.1 guidelines which are comprised of a wide range of recommendations to ensure that all aspects of compliance are met to address specific needs.
The Value of a Web Accessibility Audit
Accessibility audits are utilized for a variety of reasons. In many instances, they are used to facilitate the decision of whether a website should be redesigned entirely, or if specific non-accessible elements can or should be fixed. That decision is sometimes dependent on available testing tools and apps for web accessibility, as well as financing. Audits are also used to help minimize risk, including litigation, for organizations and to enhance overall user experience and overall satisfaction.
Web accessibility audits provide in-depth, page-by-page analysis that documents areas in need of remediation. Following the audit process, a Corrective Action Plan is created to provide guidance on how issues should be resolved and in what order of priority.
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