Everyone is welcome in the world of digital accessibility

The concept of inclusion seems more popular than ever, but isn’t that absurd? Inclusion has always been important, and will always be important. Yet, the term ‘inclusion’ goes much further than the image you may have of it. Take digital accessibility, for example. Have you ever stopped to think about how people with a physical or cognitive disability navigate online?

Martijn Halekor, our own Front End Web Developer, pays attention to inclusion and digital accessibility within the online learning platform of SkillsTown. He was happy to explain the importance of these principles, based on the design process behind WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines), which are the standards for web content accessibility.

Let’s introduce you to Martijn

“I am responsible for the visual and interactive design of the user interface for SkillsTown’s online learning platform. This includes elements like buttons, sliders, and input fields. My work acts as the link between the end-user and the system backend,” Martijn explains. “Unfortunately, in my field, digital accessibility is often neglected. It’s a pity, because with relatively little effort, you can serve many more people with your digital product or website.”

To explain the subject for those unfamiliar with IT, Martijn provides an illustrative example: “Consider a major railway station located anywhere in the country. This station is equipped with facilities for individuals who are blind, deaf, or use wheelchairs. Essentially, this analogy applies to websites and applications, which should similarly accommodate a spectrum of potential disabilities, regardless of their nature.”

The four principles of accessibility within your website

The WCAG guidelines for digital accessibility can be summarized in four principles. These are important for digital accessibility, as they provide a foundation for creating an inclusive online environment. This results in an accessible website where everyone, including individuals with visual, auditory impairments or learning disorders such as dyslexia, can effortlessly obtain and use information. Below, we elaborate on the four principles:

The biggest misconception

The greatest misconception about digital accessibility is that people think it is only necessary for those with a disability, and therefore only beneficial for around sixteen percent of your target audience or employees. “Such a view diminishes the importance of these design principles. Meeting these standards enhances the experience for all users and makes your product more accessible to, you guessed it, everyone.”

Lets show you some examples

At SkillsTown, we consider digital accessibility in everything we create within the online learning platform. Martijn offers a selection of examples to illustrate this:

Do you want to be digitally accessible for all of your employees? If the answer is yes, you might benefit from additional information and support. Visit your online learning platform and enrol in the ‘Digital Accessibility’ e-learning course. If you haven’t started using the online learning platform yet, now is the perfect time to explore the possibilities!

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Gijs or one of his colleagues will be happy to help you.

By phone: +31 88 141 00 00
By e-mail: info@skillstown.com

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