Accessible to Some
According to WebAims annual accessibility analysis, 98.1% of home pages of the top 1,000,000 websites have detectable WCAG 2.0 failures. Some of these sites may only have minor contrast issues or maybe just a single missing id, while others are highly inaccessible. However, this number is pretty damn high, considering the fact that automatic testing tools only report obvious accessibility issues. Only 1.9% of the tested home pages pass automatic testing, which is fine, but it doesn’t mean that there aren’t any barriers on these websites either. True accessibility extends beyond automated tests and WCAG regulations. It’s fair to say that most websites are only accessible to some. 98.1% sounds bad, but for most of us it’s just a number, isn’t it? For me, as someone whose job it is to help others build accessible websites, it’s easier to imagine what the real-life effects of these failures can be. To help you get a better understanding of what this high percentage means for users and their daily experiences on the web, I created a little experiment. My partner is an architect, and she sparked my interest in modern architecture. That’s why I built a web page about an architectural movement in Europe, and for my experiment I would like you to open the page and read it. Once you’re finished, try to summarise what you’ve just learned, rate your experience and then please come back to the article. The experiment. Impressive stuff, right? I hope that you could access most of the information without using DevTools. I did everything I can to make it as accessible as possible. If you had trouble understanding what the page was about, please note that: Our developers (me) spent countless hours optimising the accessibility and we’re proud that Lighthouse, Wave, and Axe don’t throw any errors.It’s 100% accessible. It’s your choice how you access the page, but it’s optimised for desktop screen readers. You will have the best experience if you don’t use a mouse. You can download NVDA for free. This is an early version of the web page and we’re exploring ways to make these types of pages accessible to everyone. Unfortunately, we don’t have the budget to optimise it for non-screen reader users. The money is not worth spending on this niche market. Why would people using a mouse want to access a website about expressionist architecture anyway!? We focus on our target audience, VoiceOver on macOS, NVDA, and JAWS users, but we’re also evaluating accessibility widgets that we might add to the website for others. This improvement will allow you to click around as much as you want and optimise the website to your needs.This will make the website 120% accessible. We’re known for top-of-the-line websites and we’re constantly exploring new technology. We’re considering using AI to draw images based on the information in the alt attribute.Based on the alt text “A long rectangular building. Besides looking like a ship, Het Schip resembles a bizarre art form. Its appearance is unconventional from all angles. The exterior consists of bright orange bricks, decked with towers and architectural elements in unconventional shapes.” our AI super algorithms created the following image: Comparison of the original building (top) and our AI-generated image (bottom). » Read More
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