- Published on Thursday, February 18, 2016
Web Guidelines: accessible building
You want to reach people with your content. For that it is important that your website is accessible and the content matches the experience of the visitor. Whether a visitor is viewing your site via a PC or an Apple, a laptop or a smartphone: your site needs to work properly. To assess the quality and accessibility of a website, a guideline has been developed: the Web Guidelines. How do you ensure that your website complies with the web guidelines? And what do you actually have?
Accessible to all
In 2004, the first version of the Web Guidelines was developed on behalf of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK). The goal was to improve the quality and accessibility of government websites. In the meantime, the Web Guidelines have been developed into an instrument for developing accessible (barrier-free) websites for organizations within and outside the government. An accessible website is suitable for everyone. Also for people who can not see or hear (well), have difficulty with complicated texts or can not use a mouse. Think for example of (color) blind people, deaf people, people with dyslexia and people who are less well-versed in the Dutch language.
The advantages of an accessible website
An accessible website is layered and is therefore easy to search through search engines such as Google. This ensures a higher position in the search results and thus a greater reach.
Because your site can be read and understood by everyone in all browsers and on all devices and operating systems, the reach of your website is optimal.
How do you build an accessible website?
An accessible website consists of two parts: the content and the technology. Make sure your texts are understandable for everyone: for people and search engines. Write clearly, use paragraphs and subheads and follow the rules regarding their use. A good CMS supports editors in the writing process by, for example, cleaning up Word texts and offering the right styling elements.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) plays an important role in technology. They have published Web Content Accessibility Guidelines known as WCAG 2.0. These guidelines form an integral part of the Web Guidelines version 2. Whether a site meets the WCAG 2.0 is easy to measure with automated tools.
In addition to the technical WCAG requirements, the web guidelines also set requirements for quality, search engine optimization and user-friendliness. These requirements are not automatically measured, but are tested by an inspection body of Stichting Waarmerk drempelvrij.nl.
Quality mark Drempelvrij.nl
The Quality mark drempelvrij.nl is the Dutch quality brand for accessible websites. You can have a website tested by one of the certified inspection institutions (Accessibility, Technobility or Centric Foundation). The website is inspected on the basis of an evaluation document. If the website is accessible, the website may carry the Quality mark drempelvrij.nl.
Are you going for an accessible website? Choose a web builder with experience. An accessible builder has followed the necessary courses and has proven experience in building sites that comply with the web guidelines. Employees of Seneca are therefore trained by the Accesability Foundation for building accessible websites according to Web Guidelines 2.
Questions about making your website accessible? Then contact us.