Who decides if your website is accessible?
Early this week I came across yet another interesting online article by the Bureau of Internet Accessibility. It discusses who decides whether a website is accessible. As the Bureau explained, there are different types of tests that can help to determine whether a website meets accessibility standards: these are developers; automated testing; and, human testers.
Automated testing examines large amounts of data and generate accessibility reports based on predefined guidelines. While this type of test is useful, it alone is not enough to demonstrate that a website is accessible, as significant issues are often missed.
Meanwhile, human testers or subject matter experts can check whether a website is accessible using devices, such as screen readers. They make important decisions regarding how accessible a website is. However, these testers can also overlook issues.
Ultimately, a website can only be considered accessible when all members of the public or a targeted audience can use it. If a website is inaccessible, this will be identified sooner or later when a user is not able to do something.
Also, I think it is important to highlight that web accessibility is an ongoing task; errors can be easily made after the website is created.
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