"80% of websites are in breach of the law. Is yours one of them?"
Don't get sued! In the UK alone, an estimated 80% of websites are in breach of the law. Most of these don't realise that legislation concerning accessibility has been in effect since 1999 - and that organisations like the Disability Rights Commission and The Royal National Institute of the Blind are already intimating that legal action is on the horizon.
Outside of the UK, a number of cases have already reached the courts. In Australia, the case of Maguire v The Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games found that the Committee had been in breach of the Australian Disability Discrimination Act 1992 by failing to provide a website that Mr Maguire could access. In the US, public debate about the "digital divide" has also been accompanied by litigation under the Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 (ADA).
Don't be the next casualty. Our expert accessibility inspection can identify accessibility issues in your existing online offering, and provide actionable recommendations that will help reach the required level of compliance.
What We Do
We'll work with you to understand business objectives, common user tasks, and technical constraints. This ensures that our recommendations can be implemented with minimum impact on your existing web infrastructure.
We'll audit your website against the Web Standards Commission's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). These guidelines - part of the Web Accessibility Initiative - form the basis of all global legislation. We'll then audit against legislation specific to the countries you operate in. For example, The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995 in the UK, or Section 508 in the US.
Finally, we'll test your website across all mainstream browsers and platforms: Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, AOL, Opera, Safari and Mozilla - on both Mac and PC. We also test with popular assistive technologies including text-only browsers like Lynx and screen-readers like JAWS and IBM Homepage Reader.
Reporting & Debriefing
Once we've gathered a detailed list of issues, we prioritise them and develop design recommendations for each. This tells you exactly what needs to be done to achieve basic, intermediate and advanced levels of accessibility. These recommendations are divided into quick wins and long-term fixes in our final report. We'll also present our findings and solutions to your design team in person.
We'll help you to implement the short-term fixes we recommend. Plus we'll develop a proposal for future redesign to address the deeper accessibility issues. See our Web Standards Design section for more information.
How Long it Takes
Most full-scale inspections take about 2 weeks, depending upon the size and complexity of your design. But if you're pushed for time, we can turn things around faster by adjusting scope to fit your time constraints. For example, we can review a single page in a day, if that's all you need.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I do it?
Now. Don't risk being sued. We can help you get accessible quickly and easily.
We have our own HTML developers, why waste time on an inspection?
Unless your developers are dedicated accessibility specialists it would be unwise. In our experience such resources are few and far between. Don't risk legal action. Let us produce a detailed roadmap that tells your team exactly what needs to be done to reach the required level of compliance. Let them concentrate on developing, not poring over the details of particular legislation.
Why bother? Why don't you just re-architect our site?
We'd be happy too. However, we'll still complete an Accessibility Inspection anyway. Why not make the call on whether you need to hire us once you've seen the scope of the changes you'll need to make.
Why bother? We'll need a complete overhaul to make our site accessible anyway
Achieving a basic level of accessibility often requires simple, inexpensive tweaks. Don't waste money on a full scale overhaul of your site. Get our report first.
What are the tell-tale signs that my site is inaccessible?
Try our free Online Accessibility Check now. While passing our checks won't guarantee accessibility (see below), it's a good benchmark. If you fail, give us a call to find out how we can help. Is your content available in Flash, PDF or Word format only? Let us make it accessible.
I've checked my site with BOBBY and it says I'm accessible.
Read the small print. Tools like BOBBY are extremely helpful, but passing their checks doesn't guarantee accessibility. Many accessiblilty guidelines require manual inspection in order to verify compliance.