Web accessibility is an important consideration for all businesses. The term “web accessibility” refers to removing any online barriers faced by people with disabilities, with the goal of providing equal access to online information.
Accessibility is another reason to choose WordPress as a website platform. Since February 2016, all new or updated code released into the WordPress core conforms with accessibility guidelines.
In addition, we recommend implementing the following tools in order to help make your site accessible to all visitors.
Web Accessibility Widget – UserWay
Every user has different needs in terms of accessibility. Some web visitors may need help seeing text or images, while others may need help navigating the site with a keyboard.
By adding the UserWay Accessibility Widget to your site, you can offer a broad selection of functions that users can mix and match to meet their individual accessibility needs.
You can see an example of the free version of the User Way widget on the TinyFrog site in the bottom left corner of every page.
The free UserWay widget offers the following accessibility enhancements:
- Keyboard Navigation
- Screen Reader
- Stop Animations
- Tool Tips
- Increase Text Size
- Highlight Links
- Large Cursor
- Reading Guide
- Invert Colors
- Dark Mode
- Light Mode
- Text Spacing
- Color Desaturation
- Reveal Page Structure
Free vs Paid UserWay Widget
The free UserWay accessibility widget includes:
- all of the features listed above
- ability to customize the colors of the widget to match your site design
- ability to change the Accessibility Statement link within the widget menu
- ability to adjust where the widget is placed on the site.
- Within the accessibility widget menu when it is opened up, it includes the UserWay logo and a link to UserWay’s website. With the free version, you cannot add your logo within the widget menu.
Most of our clients utilize the free version. The one downside of the free widget is that you cannot remove the UserWay logo and cannot add your own logo within the widget.
UserWay does offer paid add-ons and more accessibility services for a monthly fee. We recommend reviewing the different services, if you are interested in a paid option.
Web Accessibility Feedback Form
As an additional accessibility best practice, we recommend creating a standard Accessibility Feedback page/form on your site and adding a link to this page in the footer of the website. On this page, you can give web visitors the opportunity to report any accessibility issues or improvements.
If you utilize the UserWay accessibility widget, you can add a link to the ADA Feedback page/form within the widget menu, where it says “Accessibility Statement” in the widget.
Here is an example of an ADA Feedback page: https://tinyfrog.com/accessibility-feedback/
You can also find a link to this page in the footer of our TinyFrog site.
Tiny Frog Technologies cannot guarantee compliance to web accessibility guidelines on the site and is not responsible for any non-compliance orders related to the website.
If clients receive requests from web visitors regarding accessibility improvements, TinyFrog is not responsible for these site changes and a quote may need to be provided. The UserWay accessibility widget may conflict with live chat applications, and clients may need to turn off either live chat or the accessibility widget on mobile devices.