Top Tips on Creating Accessible Web Applications
One of your key focuses when creating web applications should be accessibility, if your web app is not broadly accessible then you will limit the amount of traffic generated and the amount of people that can access your goods and services. Some users may find it too complicated; it could be hard to navigate through or maybe they just don’t like the look of the web application in general. If this relates to your web applications or you are someone who is in the development process, be sure to read on below to find out some top tips on creating accessible web applications.
Utilising Colour Correctly
Now many people can be immediately alienated by certain colour schemes of different web applications. The visual aspect is of course the first thing that will go into a user’s mind and if they do not like what they see, they will most likely leave! Colours can also help a user distinguish separate sets of information. However, colour blindness and other disabilities can make it particularly difficult for users to find information or call-to-action buttons on web applications. When developing web applications, you should always maintain a proper contrast of colours, you can check this contrast of colour through the Google Chrome Extension.
Assign Alt Tags to Images
Another way of creating accessible web applications is to assign alt tags to all of your images on your web app. This will make it clear to the users who have visual struggles as the text will describe exactly what the image is so there is less confusion, and this increases the level of accessibility of your web application as a whole. Users can have a screen reader to tell them exactly what the alt tag is saying, so it is important to be as clear and obvious as you can when creating alt tags for the images on your web applications. Additionally, alt tags also contribute to improving your SEO score on Google so there is more than one motivation for doing this.
Organised Structure Through Headers
We can guarantee that there are absolutely no businesses with accessible web applications that do not use headers. Through the use of headers, you can have an organised structure across all your web applications, and this will please your user as it will make navigation through your web app much easier. Headers will also improve your SEO score as it will be easier to attract higher traffic to your web applications.
Be Socially Inclusive
We have already mentioned what you can add in order to aid those with disabilities when it comes to creating accessible web applications. Web accessibility is a social issue for those with particular disabilities and giving them the ability to browse through your web applications, navigate through your products and generally just have a positive experience is what matters most. In fact, 71% of disabled customers with access needs will leave a website they find difficult to use, this means creating accessible web applications is the main way to retain and please your users.
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