Accessible web design? Let's all take the pledge
The need for accessible web design is an increasing requirement for businesses. Creode were appointed to design and develop a website to support the Work With Me campaign. The campaign is being run in partnership with Scope and Virgin Media and works as a call to action for businesses to come together to create a more inclusive workspace for disabled people.
We designed the website to explain the issue, point the way to further information and ultimately drive conversions for downloads and pledge form sign ups.
As part of the process, we mapped out the key user journeys and conversion points, to ensure the site both guided as well as persuade. Creatively, we explored multiple directions to best communicate the tone of the campaign and to balance the two brands of Scope and Virgin Media.
It's all about standards ... WCAG 2.0 standards
The four main guiding principles of accessibility in WCAG 2.0 are:
Of course whilst on the subject of accessible web design, another hugely important factor was adherence to the highest WCAG 2.0 standards, to make the site accessible to users with a wide range of disabilities. There are a number of areas to consider when making a website accessible but the main challenges are around visual impairments, keyboard only users and screen readers. This included low vision, blindness, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity and combinations of these.
Making the complex, easy
The key was to allow navigation of the site using tab, shift + tab, spacebar and enter. To stop the focus shifting to an unexpected area the surrounding CSS needed to be configured to support the current on-screen focal point.
Find out how to become an inclusive employer
To find out more about how your business can be involved and take the pledge please follow this link to the Work With Me website.
The team consistently delivered creative, workable solutions to meet the specific functional and accessibility requirements of our project. The flexibility and transparency shown throughout made the development process smooth, as clients we felt like cocreators appropriately supported by the team’s technical expertise. From start to finish the Creode team have been superb.Phoebe Whittome | Corporate Affairs | Sustainability Manager and Michelle Norfield Senior Account Manager – Virgin Media Partnership Scope
Creode did a cracking job of ensuring that the website they built for us met our accessibility standards. They worked closely with our experts to learn about the nuances of building accessible experiences for a variety of assistive technology and met every challenge we threw at them with enthusiasm and dedication. I look forward to seeing them carry this capability forward to their future work with other clients, helping drive digital inclusion for all.Ceri Balston, Head of Digital, Scope