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Web Accessibility Audit

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Authors Andersen, K., Hoss, H., Bridge, C.
Audience Authors, Government/NGOs/Peaks, Industry, Librarians/Researchers/Students
ISBN 978-0-7334-3950-6
DOI 10.26288/5f9a2a3c1529f

Web accessibility is aimed at allowing access for all on the internet. This means following the relevant guidelines and standards to ensure that barriers are not placed in front of potential users. The aim of this audit is to evaluate the websites of four different organisations in terms of web accessibility. This audit is then used to highlight common errors with respect to web accessibility and what these may mean for users.

To complete the audit, two free-to-use tools were employed that looked at slightly different aspects of website accessibility. The results found that all four websites had accessibility issues though the degree to which these occurred varied. Furthermore, while many issues related to inappropriate use of headings and inadequate link information there were a number of issues related to syntax and visual information not being adequately translated that affect users with vision impairments in particular. As these issues may not be apparent to a sighted user it is important to highlight them to ensure they are correctly addressed by the web developer.

Table of Contents

Introduction  5

Methodology  7

Results  8

Accessibility  9

Usability  13

Browser compatibility  15

Search Engine Guidelines  16

Discussion  17

Accessibility  17

Usability  23

Browser Compatibility  27

Search Engine Guidelines  28

Conclusion  29

Appendix  30

Specialist Review Panel

Jackie Leach ScullyDisability Innovation InstituteGuest Reviewer
Neil KingVision AustraliaGuest Reviewer
Matthew PutlandVision AustraliaGuest Reviewer

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