Accessible websites have significant and long-term benefits, far above the benefits of compliance.  For example:

  • Accessible websites are easier to use for people of all abilities:
    • clear, consistent, usable content is better for everybody
    • web design which meets colour contrast requirements is easier on everybody’s eyes
    • video transcripts and captions are useful for students from non-English speaking backgrounds
    • clearly-labelled forms reduce form submission errors
    • web pages are easier to read than PDFs on smaller screens and mobile devices
    • reading a transcript can be quicker than watching a video 
  • Accessible websites, because they are designed to international standards, will work on a wider range of browsers and devices than inaccessible websites.  Accessible websites are also more likely to work with future browsers and devices. 
  • Accessible websites are also better suited for a different internet connection speeds and types, including mobile connections.  Accessible content usually loads more quickly than inaccessible content, and text alternatives to large downloads such as PDFs and multimedia can save time and bandwidth costs.
  • Accessible websites are also optimised for search engines. For example, a page with structured headings, good titles, and alternative text on images is easier for search engines to find, interpret and recommend. 
Creating an accessible web presence also contributes to the University’s strategic goals of inclusion, diversity and opportunity. It supports our engagement with diverse communities, and our ability to attract and retain students and staff with diverse abilities.