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The website accessibility process: key steps for every project

Deciding to develop your website to conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG, pronounced “wickag”) is a positive move that will allow more visitors to consume your content and will help meet impending legal requirements. But how do you get started? What steps do you need to take to make your site more accessible and ensure it stays accessible?

We here at Mugo have helped many teams navigate the website accessibility process. The following outline can help you navigate the process.

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On Tuesday, July 11, our in-house accessibility expert will share his knowledge and technical tips on web accessibility.

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All-inclusive: a guide to making your website accessible to people with disabilities

We’ve been writing a lot about accessible websites lately because it’s a topic we’re passionate about at Mugo Web. We believe that whether or not web accessibility is governed by law in your region, making your site accessible to people with disabilities is good business practice. And there are literally millions of reasons to do so.

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Building an accessible website: Auditing your website for accessibility

The reasons for bringing your website in line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 are well documented. Whatever your rationale for embarking on this worthy task, you will need to assess your current online presence for compliance.

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Building an accessible website: The screen reader experience

Auditing and developing accessible websites will require you to become familiar with what is referred to as a “screen reader”.

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5 ways your CMS makes a web accessibility implementation easier

Making your website accessible to people with disabilities - whether you’re launching a brand new site, or remediating an existing one - may seem complex when you consider all the components that require attention (in-page navigation, links, colour contrast, forms, and alt tags, among other things). But the right CMS can make the job a lot easier.

In-page navigation is critical to an accessible website

Building an accessible website: in-page navigation

A key component of an accessible website, accessible in-page navigation provides a way for website visitors to jump straight into the main content on your site and access different sections of the page quickly, without having to tab through every link to get there.

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Why web accessibility is more art than science

Ensuring your website is accessible to all members of your target audience can add unique requirements that demand novel solutions from your development team.

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Building an accessible website: Links

Links are the pathways that bind the web and give it structure. For people with web accessibility challenges, perceiving and understanding the links on your website is of utmost importance.

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Understanding your web accessibility audience

Before you embark on a project to make your website accessible to people with disabilities, it’s critical to understand what such a large and varied audience really looks like -- and what they need from your site.

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Building an accessible website: Contrast

Insufficient contrasting text elements on your website will limit your audience by preventing users who have difficulty distinguishing colours from comfortably consuming your content. 

Complying with WCAG standards includes making forms accessible on your website

Building an accessible website: How to create accessible forms

Forms are an integral part of many websites but they pose unique challenges for accessible websites.