Articles for the ‘Implementing BS8878’ Category

Going from good to great in digital accessibility – Digital Accessibility Experts Podcast 7

This month on the Digital Accessibility Experts podcast we have Rob Wemyss, one of our Hassell Inclusion Accessibility Managers who helps organisations mature in accessibility, talking about going from “good to great” in accessibility – what do you do when you’re good at this stuff but you want to push it to that next level? We’ve some great insights on: making your accessibility testing efficient by getting all your team to do it early, rather than waiting for an audit just before launch; the value of moving from looking at accessibility as compliance to looking at accessibility as customer experience, how to motivate people to make that change in mindset, and some examples of what organisations have to win by doing that; the importance of getting accessibility right in procurement as well as product development; and the importance of consistency in the accessibility of all your digital products. Check it out here…

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Implementing BS 8878 step 3: user research to find the size and needs of your web product’s audiences

What do you know about your website’s target audiences? How they use the web. What they might want from your site. What do you really know? Are they like you or very different? And isn’t it a good idea to spend some time and effort working that out before you start creating something for them? Because if you don’t understand the users you are creating the site for, even if you create a usable site, it may not be one they actually want…

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Implementing BS 8878 step 2: Accessible to whom? Audiences, trade-offs and Inclusive design

Your audience are the people who will make your site successful or not. They are your most important stakeholders, and your only way of managing them is to try to understand their needs and desires and find some way of meeting them through your site. Ensuring that as many people in your primary and secondary audiences can use your website, whatever their abilities or disabilities, is a great way of maximising your customer base. But it’s not possible to create a website that includes absolutely everybody. So how do you balance that ideal with what’s practical…

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Ready to launch? How BS 8878 helped this SME’s website get off the ground

If you have no money and need a website for your business right now, does BS8878 help at all, or is it just another ‘nice to have, if I had the time’? Here’s my answer as a series of blogs on the decisions I’ve taken in creating the Hassell Inclusion website. Part one deals with how BS8878 can help you work out how complete your site needs to be before you can put it out there and get yourself a web presence, without making that presence so half-hearted as to score an own goal before you’ve even started…

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