What does the Accessibility module test for?
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Written by Julia Voortman
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What does the Accessibility module test for?

Silktide's Accessibility module is a comprehensive solution for making your websites more accessible.

Whether you're looking to meet legal accessibility requirements in the US, accessibility legislation in the UK or legislation in the EU, or simply want to make your site more inclusive, this module offers the tools and expertise you need.

It validates your website up to the WCAG 2.2 AAA standard, tests PDFs for accessibility, provides smart prioritized recommendations, and tests in both desktop and mobile browser sizes to ensure compliance with WCAG's mobile requirements.

This module is essential for anyone involved in website development, particularly on large websites, including web managers, content editors, designers, and developers.

Why accessibility matters

Accessibility awareness and ongoing monitoring is a necessary part of your website management process, to ensure that your website is usable by all individuals including those with disabilities, those using old or unusual technology, and even people with slow internet access.

Here are a few reasons why accessibility matters:

1. User experience

An accessible website provides a better user experience for everyone, not just those with disabilities. Features like easy navigation, readable text, and well-structured content benefit all users and can even improve your site's SEO.

2. Legal implications

In many jurisdictions, website accessibility is mandated by law. Silktide's Accessibility module can help you meet these legal obligations, thereby avoiding potential lawsuits and penalties.

Beyond the risk of legal action, inaccessible websites can also result in lost business opportunities. Customers who find a website difficult to use are likely to go elsewhere, affecting your bottom line.

3. The right thing to do

Making your website accessible is not just about compliance, it's about inclusivity. When your site is accessible, you're saying that everyone is welcome, regardless of their abilities or limitations.

Automated accessibility testing

Silktide's Accessibility module offers automated testing to quickly identify accessibility barriers across your website. We offer Check prioritization according to the severity of the issue found and the number of web pages affected.

Testing PDFs for accessibility

The Accessibility module also tests PDF documents to ensure they meet accessibility standards.

PDFs are commonly used but pose many accessibility challenges that are often overlooked. For example, they may contain images or text that cannot be read by screen readers.

Plain-english instructions

After each website test, you'll receive a detailed report outlining any issues and how to fix them, using plain-english language to describe the problem and any appropriate fixes.

Video learning content

Silktide also offers short learning videos for most accessibility checks, enabling you and your team to quickly understand the problem being flagged and to take the required corrective action.

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