Digital Accessibility Resources

Accessible web design ensures that your digital content and online services meet the needs of all site visitors. If you design and build websites, or are responsible for the design or procurement of digital content, accessibility should be a key priority on your agenda because:

  • It’s the law – enshrined in the Disability Equality Act (2010).  If your website does not meet certain design standards, then you could be sued for discrimination
  • There’s a compelling business case – the UK’s 12 million disabled people have a spending power of £120 billion – are you losing out on this potentially lucrative market
  • Accessible sites are 35% more usable by everyone whether they have special access needs or not. 
  • Accessible sites are cheaper to run and maintain – they simply make good business sense.

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Building Accessible Websites and Apps

Where to start?

Web Accessibility Initiative [WAI]

W3Cs Web Accessibility Initiative offers an excellent resources section plus Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and Checklists. - Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. - Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 quick reference. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Checklist 1.0 The resources section is a good place to start learning.

Legal issues

An introduction on the Law as it applies to you

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is the global authority on accessible design standards

The Web Design Group promotes good web design by offering a range of free technical specification references for HTML authoring plus online checking tools for verifying compatibility with relevant web design standards.

Trace Research and Development Center is part of the University of Wisconsin and offers a goldmine of information and tools to help you design with accessibility in mind.

WAVE. If your website is already online its accessibility can be checked against W3C standards with Wave – a free web accessibility evaluation tool that identifies those elements that require adjusting.

AbilityNet Blogs

Five golden rules for compliant alt-text.

How Preston City Council got to grips with web accessibility.


Web Accessibility Toolbar Toolbar – an excellent tool to help check the accessibility of websites.

Adobe Dreamweaver Extensions - offers downloadable accessibility validation and a reporting tool for Dreamweaver.

Colour blindness simulator.

General Websites

BBC Accessibility

Equality Act 2010– UK Equality legislation.

e-Accessibility forum - UK government forum for sharing best practice – contains the popular 'Disabled access to websites under UK law' guide, and news articles relating to accessiblity and the law.

Centre for Excellence in Universal Design - Provides a plain English interpretation of the W3C guidelines together with the reasons behind why each checkpoint is important.

The Web Standards Project – The Web Standards Project website provides advice and information on the implementation of web standards and runs a campaign to encourage browser developers to ensure they adhere to W3C standards for code compliance. For an introduction to the rational behind standards they have an excellent educational FAQ at – provides advice on both accessibility and usability featuring articles and news links.

WebAim – WebAim, the Web Accessibility in Mind Project provides a number of articles, a discussion forum and a number of simulations which is useful for testing websites.

The Web Design Group are excellent at demystifying the W3C recommendations and providing tutorials on accessible implementations.

For Developers

A List Apart – resources for people who make websites.

Accessify – Accessify provides up to date accessibility news, advice and resources.  It also hosts the Accessify Forum which is an accessibility related discussion group.

AskTog – AskTOG by Bruce Tognazzini is perhaps the best place to start learning about human computer interaction (HCI).

Dive Into Accessibility - Dive Into Accessibility is an online book which discusses accessible design issues and techniques.

Juicy Studio – Juicy studio provides a repository of useful articles on accessible techniques and practices together with some useful tools to assist developers in creating accessible content.

Nicholas Creative - a page of links offering a good cross-section of practical tools and current accessibility information

W3C Schools – Whilst not specifically about web accessibility this website includes many tutorials on learning HTML, CSS, XML and much more.

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We are always happy to help you develop your own skills through useful links, free webinars, blog posts and events. We can also provide a quote for testing, audits and many other specialist services.

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