I am admittedly very passionate about accessibility. This topic is totally self-serving as a visually impaired (legally blind) user who just started my website a few months ago (www.rpsupport.org). My core audience are visually impaired / blind folks and I have built my site with the assumption that every user is accessing it using a screen reader or is pearing at it through a “tunnel” (like I do!)
Although I know what I need as a user, I am clueless about the coding/technicalities behind making my site accessible for others. I can go out there and spend hundreds of dollars and hours installing and configuring accessibility-ready word press themes and plugins, but without a technical background, I do not always understand what the automated accessibility reports mean, much less what to do about it. I am constantly researching and learning by reading documentation, watching videos (like those Joe Dalson) learning what makes a site accessible and tweaking my site within my skill level to appeal to the broadest audience possible.
I would love to hear from other CMs about what you are doing with regards to accessibility. How have you incorporated accessibility guidelines into your site? What tools do you use to test your site for accessibility? After you make accessibility-friendly changes to your site, how do you measure and report the impact it has on user experience? Any lessons learned or best practices you would suggest?
I probably have 20 more questions in my head, but I don’t want to be that annoying new user with a million questions (there is plenty of time later for me to annoy you all! LOL!) I guess I’m just hoping to open up a dialogue on the best way to address this complex topic. (Or maybe it’s not all that complex…maybe it just seems that way since I’m new!)
Looking forward to everyone’s responses!