Accessibility is not only about people with disabilities but also about making your website accessible to search engines robots. This blog post shares our experience with making the website of a famous luxury watchmaker more accessible, an important e-commerce application. We have built a custom tool, called The A11y Machine to help us crawl and test each URL against accessibility and HTML conformances. Less than 100 hours were required to fix a thousand of strict errors.
Issues with unaccessible application
Accessibility is not just a matter of helping people with disabilities. Of course, it is very important that an application can be used by everyone. But, have you ever considered that robots are visitors with numerous disabilities?
What kind of robots you may ask, well: Search engine robots for instance, like Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, Baidu… They are totally blind, they don’t have a mouse, they don’t have a keyboard, they must understand your content only with the source code.
Whilst it is easy to consider a man or a woman with a pushchair having a bad time in public transport, someone color-blind, a widespread disability, could also have issues browsing the web.
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