Sweans understand accessibility from the ground up and are committed to making the journey to accessibility easier, faster and more successful. Our engineering team works collaboratively to improve accessibility by removing barriers and giving equal access to information, particularly for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs). We are part of developing accessible websites for future generations. We don’t simply understand accessibility. We make it work for you by ensuring all elements are cohesive by continuously testing for speed, usability and accessibility.
Our approach to the accessibility testing process
To make a website accessible, we must put people of all abilities at the centre of the process to implement solutions. We incorporate state-of-the-art practices using cutting-edge technologies to ensure accessibility across multiple platforms. With the help of our experienced web development team and test engineers, we identify accessibility issues and run accessibility testing regularly as part of the rapid development routine. We combine accessibility and usability to increase ease of use for everyone.
1. Scan the website
We use axe DevTools designed to work for anyone in the design and development process for rigorous accessibility testing. It helps to understand and point out accessibility issues in the context of a fully rendered page. The continuous testing reports created by this comprehensive tool are genuine, which means it does not slow down development. It can also find 57% of accessibility issues painlessly during the development phase and produce them with the team to build collaborative notions.
2. Screen reader testing
Using the latest screen reader versions of NVDA, JAWS and VoiceOver, we conduct effective screen reader testing on the web content and offer a more accessible website experience for all your website visitors. We use screen readers to test our pages manually. Regular screen read testing is an effective method for checking any issues on your web pages. If there is a video, we refine closed captions and check elements like colour contrast, headings, buttons, lists and navigation.
3. Assess keyboard accessibility
We use keyboard accessibility testing to navigate the page, including all menus and interactive elements without using a mouse. We ensure that a disabled person can navigate your website with a keyboard.
4. Test the colour contrast
With the help of WebAIM evaluation tools, we make web content more accessible for individuals having disabilities. Our QA analysts create an assessment report which measures end-user impact and gives insights into the accessibility of your website.
At Sweans, we consider accessibility right before we think about a solution. Our team is on a consistent mission to ensure that the websites are perceivable for a wide demographic. We found an efficient and authentic approach to have usability and accessibility as common factors in the web development process. We closely listen to users rather than designing the website first and questioning second. We get in-depth insights into how our users look while searching for information or services.
With engineers detecting accessibility flaws and designers crafting the website using effective font styles and colour contrast, we designed and developed the Sandwell website partially compliant with WCAG 2.1 level AA standards.
We aimed for WCAG 2.1 level AA standards but could not pass AA standard criteria due to noncompliance with two guidelines linked to contrast. However, there are no crucial errors for common users. We could have resolved the issue if the design strictly adhered to WCAG 2.1 level AA standards.