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5 tips how websites can be made more inclusive and barrier-free
Most websites are not inclusive. We have compiled a list of tips and recommendations that can make your website feel more inclusive and barrier-free.
Having an inclusive website means having a website that is easy to use, functional, non-discriminatory for everyone and not just for a group of people.
1. Ensure the website is accessible to everyone
Website Accessibility is about building a website that is accessible and usable by everyone, including people that have disabilities or are differently-abled. According to multiple studies such as from WebAIM most websites are not accessible for everyone, especially for disabled people.
When building a website, you should be mindful of some technical aspects of it such as making sure everything is accessible through a keyboard, font sizes, colour contracts, etc.
It is very important to provide text alternatives such as captions or transcripts for non-text content such as videos, audio, and images.
If you want to learn more about it and ensure your website is fully accessible, we strongly recommend checking and following a wide range of recommendations, known as Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1.
2. Develop a website that works everywhere
A website is not inclusive enough if it's not available everywhere. Here are some tips:
- Test if it works for all browsers: You shouldn’t build a website that works only on a specific browser such as Safari but on every browser.
- Test if it works for all devices and systems: It should also work on every device and not only for iPhone users.
- Test if it works for different bandwidth connections: Not everyone has the privilege of having a high-bandwidth internet connection. You should build a website that works on low-bandwidth connections.
3. Translate your website into other languages
Digital inclusion is not only about the technicalities, but it includes cultural aspects of it such as languages. One of the ways of making the website more inclusive is by translating your website into more than one language.
Having a multilingual website is essential to reach a wider audience, it’s better for SEO, and it makes people feel more included.
Translated versions of your website should be accessible through a Language Switcher. You also need to ensure that the translated version of your website is still as accessible as the original one.
Dilingual is a website translation management platform that not only enables translating your website into many languages but also ensures that your translated version is as inclusive as the original website.
4. Build a website that is easy to use and interact with
The website should be as simple as possible to interact with. It should be designed in an intuitive way that can be used and understood by everyone, no matter what computer skills they have.
5. Get feedback from the community
Last but not least: ask for feedback from the community and your customers. We believe that listening to the community and asking for feedback is always a good idea.
We at Dilingual understand the importance of having an inclusive website and we are always trying to improve our website. Please share your feedback regarding how we can further improve Dilingual, using one of the forms of communication: