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Web Accessibility Toolkit

Posted on 4.30.2014

Website owners have the obligation to ensure that all users can access information based on their individual needs. Website accessibility, however, shouldn't be an afterthought. It should start in the design.

WebAIM created an infographic, which can be seen below, that highlights a few important principles/strategies of accessible design.

Here are several resources and technologies as well that can help brands create accessible websites.

1. Essential Components of Web Accessibility is a document that shows how Web accessibility depends on several components working together and how improvements in specific components could substantially improve Web accessibility.

2. The Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools (WAVE) can help Internet professionals with a variety of accessibility-related needs, but most notably, the WAVE Toolbar can check page structure, which is important for screen readers (used by people with no or low vision). 

3. The Web Accessibility Checker (or AChecker) is a tool that checks single HTML pages for conformance with accessibility standards to ensure the content can be accessed by everyone. 

4. Accessify offers a variety of tools and wizards that take the guesswork out of making Web elements like forms, captions, slideshows, etc. accessible. For example, check out Accessify's table builder

5. Finally, check out the infographic below on "Web Accessibility for Designers," which can also be seen on Website Magazine's infographic directory, webmag.co

Web Accessibility for Designers infographic with link to text version at WebAIM.org

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