Why digital accessibility is so important
Digital accessibility is, in its bare essence, about creating digital solutions, digital design and content that can be used by all people on the web regardless of cognitive or motor skills.
Why is digital accessibility important?
Digital accessibility is also known as "universal design." The term emphasizes the focus that the solutions we build should be as useful as possible for the widest and most diverse audiences. Concrete examples of this could be: to ensure that color contrasts are not a problem for the user with impaired vision; that you can navigate without the use of mouse that; people with dyslexia can get texts read aloud; or that buttons and links can be hit by people with shaking or big thumbs. Accessibility is all about inclusiveness, a way to ensure that no one is excluded.
As more services become digital, the number of people using the Internet increases. There is a growing problem that the majority of websites cannot be accessed by everyone. Studies show that up to 20% of the Danish population is digitally challenged, especially the disabled and the elderly. For public institutions, it is essential that everyone can access information and self-service solutions on an equal footing. For private companies, 20% means the exclusion of up towards one fifth of the Danish population, and that is a colossal group to exclude from their business.
One of the biggest upsides to an accessible website is that it provides a better user experience for everyone, not just for people with disabilities. Who wouldn’t like to navigate via keyboard, see sharp color contours or easily decode icons, links, input fields and images?
Still not convinced why it's not just a good idea, but also good business to focus on digital accessibility? Then you might want to read our landingpage on what accessibility means for your business here.
New EU directive: Law on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies
Whether you are convinced or not, you must, as an employee of a public organization, consider digital accessibility. On September 23, 2018, a new EU directive will enter into force to ensure accessibility of public organizations' websites and mobile applications. From September 2019, all new websites must comply with the accessibility requirements of the directive. And by September 2020, "old" websites must also comply with the accessibility directive.
Small changes can make a difference
There are lots of things you can do yourself to get started creating a more accessible website. It may seem like a hurdle, so step one is looking at actionable areas on your website, and take it one step at a time. We’ve created a guide to help you, så take a look at our "Guide to Digital accessibility." Small changes can make a big difference.
Great user experiences - for everyone
We focus on developing digital solutions that meet the needs of a wide range of people. Including users who have specific challenges, both motorically and cognitively. At the same time, we focus on ensuring that the solutions we develop live up to general user-friendliness standards. We focus on developing solutions that are technically sound, semantically correct and scalable.
Depending on who you and your customers are, we can help assess the level of accessibility you should strive for on your website.
Elin Linding Jørgensen
UX Lead & Strategist