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Advanced accessibility

Most of the work that you would do to make your website accessible is fairly straight forward.

 

If you want to develop more advanced sites, there are some simple tricks you can employ. We are not looking to teach you to develop advanced accessible sites in this page, but do want to point you in the right direction to learn more.

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

Style sheets have been around for some time now, and are quite common in web design. One of the great advantages of using a CSS is that many of the controls on a page - layout, font, colours, etc - can all be handed in a single document, making the page code less cluttered, and the page quicker to download.

In terms of accessibility, use the CSS to control the layout, reducing the need to use tables. Also use it to control the fonts and content tags - it makes it easier to maintain and to read.

Accessibility statement

Why not add an accessibility statement, outlining what controls can alter the pitch of the font, background colours, etc. When you make such a statement, it makes sense that you start by testing the controls. Disabled users will be grateful to you, and depending on the objectives of your site, you should see an increase in traffic and revenue.