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Free ebook: The All-In-One Digital Accessibility E-Book: Your Guide To Web Accessibility Success

This comprehensive guide to digital accessibility is comprised of our very best tips and expert insights on how to ensure an inclusive website. The e-book consists of 20 chapters including: - The Basics of Web Acccessibility; - Make Your New Website Accessible from Day One; - How to Create Accessible PDFs; - Reap SEO Bonuses by Making Your Website Accessible; - Achieve Web Accessibility with Web Governance; and much more.

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THE ALL-IN-ONE DIGITAL ACCESSIBILITY E-BOOK YOUR GUIDE TO WEB ACCESSIBILITY SUCCESS E-BOOK ACCESSIBILITY TOPICS COVERED IN THIS E-BOOK: •THE BASICS OF WEB ACCESSIBILITY •4 COMMON ACCESSIBILITY MYTHS THAT NEED TO DIE •3 EASY WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR WEBSITE’S ACCESSIBILITY •WHY “CLICK HERE” IS A BAD THING •WHAT IS ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY? •MAKE YOUR NEW WEBSITE ACCESSIBLE FROM DAY ONE •A WAI-ARIA BEGINNERS’ GUIDE •HOW TO CODE ACCESSIBLE TABLES •HOW TO CREATE ACCESSIBLE PDFS •HOW TO BE MORE ACCESSIBLE ON SOCIAL MEDIA •GUIDE TO ACCESSIBLE WEBSITE MULTIMEDIA •GUIDE TO ACCESSIBLE SEMANTIC MARKUP •REAP SEO BONUSES BY MAKING YOUR WEBSITE ACCESSIBLE •INCLUDING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN USER TESTING •SHADES OF GRAY IN ACCESSIBILITY •COGNITIVE DISABILITIES AND WEB ACCESSIBILITY •WEB ACCESSIBILITY AND OUR AGING POPULATION •13 TIPS FOR IMPROVING YOUR WEBSITE FOR MOBILE USERS WHILE ENSURING ACCESSIBILITY •EMOJI MARKETING COULD BE EXCLUDING PEOPLE FROM YOUR CONVERSATION •ACHIEVE WEB ACCESSIBILITY WITH WEB GOVERNANCE THE BASICS OF WEB ACCESSIBILITY We get a lot of questions about web accessibility here at Siteimprove, and we would like to take this opportunity to answer some of them. This is probably more of a review for seasoned accessibility folks, but there’s a growing demand for this kind of introductory information as more web professionals recognize the importance of accessibility. What is web accessibility and why is it important to the success of my website? Web accessibility refers to the inclusive practice of making websites usable by people of all abilities and disabilities. When sites are correctly designed, developed, and edited, all users can have equal access to information and functionality. Which standards should I use? Depending on your location, there may be various sets of accessibility standards that you will need to follow. Fortunately, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has a comprehensive list called the WCAG 2.0 that has been widely adopted, and is the base set of guidelines for most other standards. Below are a few examples of location-specific standards to look at: •The European Commission’s Web Accessibility policy •Web Standards for the Government of Canada What are the benefits of website accessible coding standards? There are quite a few benefits to coding accessibility into your website that go beyond just meeting the minimum accessibility laws:Social Responsibility It’s time to act socially responsible. Accessibility is about allowing people with and without disabilities to have access to the information they want and need. As our population changes, we need to educate the people responsible for generating communication channels to be aware of ALL of our different users. A Larger Customer Base With reports of one in five web users claiming some sort of disability, 20% of the population is just too large of a group to ignore. If you go the extra steps to accommodate this group, you will be certain of a loyal group of customers. Efficient Code Once you’ve developed a clean, accessible code base, you will be amazed at the benefits. Efficient code can help improve: •Website maintenance •Device compatibility •Faster page loading •Search engine optimization (SEO) What are the “nuts and bolts” of web accessibility? We receive many accessibility questions that are more technical in nature, because the standards can get pretty complex. Some of the most important coding practices are quite simple to control in your different coding environments, for example: •Semantic Markup •Page Titles •Headings •Graphics •Links •Tables and Forms Addressing these areas adds an immense amount of usability to your overall site, and provides a solid framework to build on.