There are many tools available to help website developers automate testing functions. Not only does this save time and money but it also minimizes human error. This is extremely important when ensuring a website is compliant, which is where a compliance testing tool like accessiBe shows its worth.
Compliance is a Serious Issue
Website compliance must be taken seriously. If a website is not accessible to visually impaired or deaf people, the website owner could be hit with an accessibility lawsuit. This will be expensive and onerous and could potentially lead to the demise of the brand/company. Amazingly, an astonishing 89% of all web pages have accessibility issues, which means they are not accessible to disabled people. In the US, litigation culture is strong, but even if your website is based outside of the US, it doesn’t mean you are safe from the threat of legal action. After all, brand damage is just as expensive as a lawsuit, and if an aggrieved person decides to hit social media, it could cost you in other ways.
Manually checking a website for compliance when it contains thousands of pages could take weeks or even months. In addition, the process would need to be repeated each time the website was updated or new pages were added. Not only is it time-consuming but it costs money for an employee(s) to tackle the task.
Accessibility tools are designed to automate the entire process. They examine all the fundamentals of a website, such as menus, tables, clickables, and forms. They test whether the site is readable, whether images have alt-text and anything else that pertains to disabled viewers.
Once the testing process is complete, you’ll receive the results of the audit, so you can take action to rectify any problems found. The very best tools automatically fix problems according to pre-set preferences. Testing and adjustments are done in the background by an AI tool, so the process is seamless and automatic.
This ensures your website is suitable for blind and deaf viewers, as well as anyone with ADHD, epilepsy, and cognitive disabilities. It’s the best way to avoid being hit with an accessibility lawsuit.