Accessibility is the Future of Coding
Hey there, and welcome back to the Clever Coding blog. We’re a mobile app and web development company located in Lehi, Utah, but we’re more than happy to help out anyone who wants to bring their app or site idea to fruition! We’ve been in the coding game for quite some time now, just long enough to notice some of the trends surrounding the industry. In the last few years, web developers, specifically frontend developers, have been trying to make their sites more user-friendly.
Because the internet has an ever growing user base, it’s important to stay on top of the ways in which developers can implement accessibility tactics so that a wider range of people can use the site. If you’re interested in creating a website, it’s imperative that you
Put accessibility into the equation. Here are a few ways in which you can do that.
Sectioning Elements/ WAI-ARIA Roles
If you were to inspect the source code of any site, you’d see that the code looks nothing like the actual web page. You’d also notice that the content in the code is surrounded by tags, which essentially defines what that content is doing. While these tags don’t change the way the page looks on your screen, they do a lot for accessibility by defining what the content means. Assistive technologies, like screen readers, can then differentiate what the content means. These tags are referred to as sectioning elements and WAI-ARIA roles, as they assign meaning to the content.
Yes, we understand that the aesthetic of the page is important, but does it matter if half of your user base can’t read it? Probably not. When designing, put visibility and before design. We promise, your site can still look pretty and be easy to navigate at the same time.
When designing a site, you’re likely going to put in buttons that when clicked, either export you to a new page or produce some sort of action. Usually, these buttons are important to helping the user navigate and understand the site. However, if the buttons are placed in areas where it takes a lot of effort to move the cursor there, they are going to be less likely to be clicked.
Accessibility is of the utmost importance in this day and age, and Clever Coding is doing our best to pave the way. If you’re in need of a website or mobile app, don’t hesitate to contact us today!