I’ve talked a lot over the years about how important it is to design your website or blog to be accessible. There is a growing number of bloggers and blog readers who are reading your blog right now with a screen reader which reads your blog to them, or some other magnification or screen customization tool or device that enables the visually or physically impaired to read and communicate with their computers and the web.
Have you tested your blog’s design for web standards for accessibility?
This week’s blog challenge is:
Test your blog’s design for web standards for accessibility.
This is more than just a test and challenge for you to fix your blog’s design so it meets web standards for accessibility. I want you to learn more about what it your design looks like to those who can’t see like you do. I want you to learn more about how people use the web so you can help your blog be easy to use, by everyone and anyone, from cell phone access to the color blind.
I’m going to get you started with some resources, but there are a lot of resources out there to test your web page design for various accessibility issues.
A while ago, I took on this challenge for myself. In Views of a Web Page, I picked one web page on my blog and ran it through all the different screen resolutions, sizes, eye tests, and accessibility tests I could find at the time. I did screen captures of my web page design for each test and published it as an example of how many ways a web page can be viewed. Putting your own blog’s design through a similar torture test would be a great example of what is possible and not possible of your design for yourself and of interest to your readers.
I look forward to hearing about the things you learn about your blog’s design through this challenge. I think we all have a lot to learn about how people really use our blogs and how things are improving for the visually impaired and disabled, but only if we want them to improve and help them.
Here are some resources and information on tests for web standards and accessibility for web page design. Some of the links may be old or non-functioning, as some of these sites come and go over time, but it’s a good start in the right direction.
- Views of a Web Page
- Validating the Code Behind the Page
- Living in an 800×600 World
- 10 Steps to Valid HTML
- A List Apart – Switchy McLayout: An Adaptive Layout Technique
- Conquering Site Validation Errors
- A Good CSS Tips, Tutorials, and Tricks Resource
- Validate an Entire Website
- Accessibility Doesn’t Have to Be Boring
- Accessibility Wins SEO Plus Plus
- Accessibility: For Everyone, Including the Colorblind
- Website Accessibility is Now Getting Serious in the USA
- One Year Anniversary Review: Accessibility and Usability
- Validating Multiple Pages on Your Blog
- Let’s Hear from the Disabled
- Melissa McAvoy Offers 8 Tips for Accessible Blogging
These blogging challenges are published weekly and are an attempt to kick your blogging ass. They serve to challenge your thinking and efforts in blogging and blog writing. To participate, start challenging yourself now. Today. Go for it.
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