What is an accessibility audit?
An accessibility audit is a review of the accessibility of a website or application. It is used to ensure that people with disabilities (such as visual or cognitive impairments) can easily access the content and interact with the website.
Why is it important for a website to be accessible?
An accessible website helps to ensure that all users have the same opportunities to use the website's content and features. From 2025, the European Accessibility Act will come into force and with it, many EU countries will also be legally obliged to ensure that websites and digital applications of public institutions are accessibility compliant.
Which standards are checked during an accessibility audit?
An accessibility audit checks whether a website or application meets the requirements of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). These standards define how content on a website or in an application should be made accessible to people with disabilities. Some of the aspects that are reviewed include:
- Text alternatives for images and other media
- Heading structure and navigation options
- Colour contrast and font sizes
- Keyboard shortcuts for navigation
- Support for screen readers
There are other standards and guidelines that are considered in an audit, depending on the audience for which the website or application is designed.