10 Web Accessibility Pitfalls to Avoid for an Inclusive Online Experience

At Mednikov Consulting and Development, we understand the importance of building websites that are accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities. Web accessibility is not just a legal requirement but a crucial aspect of creating an inclusive and user-friendly online experience. In this blog post, we’ll highlight 10 of the most common web accessibility issues that our team addresses to ensure your website meets the highest standards of accessibility.

1. Missing Alternative Text for Images: All non-decorative images must have alternative text descriptions to ensure that users with visual impairments can understand the content and purpose of the images.

2. Poor Color Contrast: Text and important graphics should have sufficient color contrast against the background to be easily readable for users with low vision or color blindness.

3. Keyboard Navigation Issues: All functionality on your website should be operable using just a keyboard for users who cannot use a mouse or other pointing devices.

4. Improper Heading Structure: Proper heading levels provide semantic structure and allow screen readers to navigate the content more easily.

5. Lack of Video Captions: Videos must have synchronized captions to ensure that users who are deaf or hard of hearing can understand the audio content.

6. Small Clickable Areas: Interactive elements like links and buttons should have adequate size for precise clicking or tapping, especially for users with motor disabilities.

7. Complex Data Tables: Data tables should have proper headers and row/column associations coded for screen readers to accurately convey the information.

8. Language Not Identified: Indicating changes in language allows screen readers to pronounce text correctly, ensuring users with cognitive disabilities can understand the content.

9. Moving or Flashing Content: Auto-playing media and flickering or flashing animations can trigger seizures for some users with photosensitive epilepsy.

10. Non-Descriptive Link Text: Links should have meaningful text descriptions to help users understand the link destination out of context, especially for those using screen readers.

At Mednikov Consulting and Development, our skilled team of web developers and designers are dedicated to addressing these common accessibility barriers and more. We believe that an accessible digital experience benefits everyone, and we strive to create websites that are usable and enjoyable for all users, regardless of their abilities.

Contact us today to learn more about our web accessibility services and how we can help you create an inclusive online presence that meets the highest standards of accessibility.