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Accessibility

Accessibility checklist

This checklist gives advice on the main accessibility issues you should address and gives details of some free checking tools and techniques you can use. There are checks that need you to review the content you've created by eye, for example, to avoid complexity, text in images or to make sure the layout is uncluttered but luckily this does not require deep technical knowledge.

Please feel free to seek help if you are not sure what you have to do.

More help will be provided

SiteBuilder, our content publishing system, takes care of some things you. For example:

  • content reflows, when magnified and on tablets and mobile devices
  • we ask you to provide alternative text for images

We hope to make further changes to content editing in the future, to help check for accessibility when you are creating and editing web pages.

Web editing is a major part of my job

If the majority of your job is related to web work you should have a good understanding of the principles of accessibility and the web standard that is WCAG 2.1. We suggest you follow the steps below.

Get started

Do an audit of your website to work out what pages you need to make accessible first to comply with legislation. We suggest looking at high traffic pages first. Any issues that can't be fixed immediately should be recorded for addition to an Accessibility Statement. Additions to the Accessibility Statement.

Apply the guidance here

For the most effective accessibility testing, we advise you to follow both editor and designer checklists. You should combine automated tool testing with the manual checks described. For web sites that you commission an accessibility audit to test a sample of pages using assistive technology like JAWS.

Accessibility training

There are lots of training materials available on accessibility. This video on accessibility examines different personas, gives good coverage of what to do, you will need to get a subscription though.

Understand WCAG 2.1

Public pages must meet the AA WCAG 2.1 standard. Get familiar with what you need to do. Start updating your pages following the guidance here. Note that PDFs and Word documents are also included.