Design-Ecommerce.com provides web accessibility consultancy services.
Web accessibility means making web pages accessible to all users, especially those with disabilities such as:
- Visual (blindness, poor eyesight and colour blindness)
- Aural (deafness and impaired hearing)
- Cognitive (dementia and dyslexia)
- Physical or Motor (muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, stroke and Parkinson's Disease)
Design-Ecommerce.com can either:
- Develop you anything from a small brochure website to a more complex ecommerce site optimised for accessibility from scratch.
- Optimise your existing website for accessibility after an initial evaluation.
- Train you on the techniques involved in optimising a site for accessibility.
Web Accessibility Benefits
The benefits to a business in acquiring a standards compliant website optimised for accessibility, developed with XHTML and CSS, and without tables, include the following:
- Increased reach to special needs users (people who are disabled, colour blind, have a sight problem, or aged over 60 years old)
- Increased reach to different technologies used for accessing the Internet like Handhelds, PDAs, WebTV, Lynx browser, and screenreaders
- Improved web page download times
- Reduced bandwidth costs
- Compatibility with the latest browsing technologies
- Enhanced credibility
- Positive PR effect
- Higher search engine rankings
- Enhanced usability
- Easier management
- Web page print friendly
- Meet web accessibility legal requirements
There are approximately:
- 600 million disabled people worldwide
- 54 million disabled people in USA
- 8.6 million disabled people in UK
- 37 million disabled people in EU
- 4.2 million disabled people in Canada
- 3.7 million disabled people in Australia
Disabled people in the UK have a disposable income of £50 billion per year. (source: Employers Forum on Disability)
The annual discretionary spending of disabled people in USA is estimated at US$175 billion. (source: Employers Forum on Disability)
Disabled people in Australia have a discretionary income of at least AUS$26 billion. (source: Employers Forum on Disability)
Web Accessibility Techniques
Find out information on the techniques involved in optimising a website for accessibility at our web accessibility techniques page.
Also, check out the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative resource suite: Developing a Web Accessibility Business Case for Your Organisation and also the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines for more techniques and resources.
Accessibility & Usability Evaluation (Audit)
If you already have a website, then you may be interested in our accessibility and usability evaluation (audit) service. This entails a thorough analysis of your existing site's accessibility and usability strengths and weaknesses. Upon completing the evaluation, we report our findings to you together with any recommendations for improvement.
We provide a one day web accessibility training course that covers the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines in detail, as well as advanced techniques in web accessibility.
- The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative - strategies, guidelines, and resources on web page accessibility.
- Vision Australia - accessibility toolbar for Internet Explorer.
- Chris Pederick - accessibility toolbar for Firefox.
- Accessify - web accessibility news and resources.
- Cynthia Says - check web content for accessibility.
- Dive Into Accessibility - 30 days to a more accessible website.
Design-Ecommerce.com is based near Inverness in The Highlands of Scotland.
Get in touch to discuss your requirements and for more information on our web site accessibility & usability services.