Monday, December 04, 2006

Is the Disability Discrimination Act going to bite your website in the ass?

Many, many websites I see do discriminate against the disabled in some form or another.... a few out of choice, possibly, but most out of ignorance or even budget restraints.

I also feel some web designers are keeping the DDA accessibility guidelines up their sleeve as an added service for when their clients ask or to use fear to get them to buy in and spend more money down the line. Something which quite frankly I do not agree with.

I have advised several clients they need to be more aware of the accessibility issues their websites have to contend with and usually advise if they wish the site to be upgraded to allow for the DDA, then it might be an idea to consider a new web design too (using CSS layout) - that way then they can upgrade and save money at the same time.

I've spent some time looking over the accessibility issues and I have to admit its easy to get confused over something which is supposed to be quite simple.

For your information I found the few following sites to be of use to me - have a look and let me know your thoughts.

Web Credible - accessibility specialists

How people with Disabilities use the web - have to admit this one gave some scenarios that I had not thought about and was of most interest to me

Checklist of checkpoints for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
I would have preferred simpler language here but its written for designers and developers and I was just being a lazy reader...

If you have a website or you have a page on your website dedicated to accessibility then please post it here for others to check out! I'd be delighted to list it.