Accessibility

Avoid retrofitting

Too often, agencies treat website accessibility as a “problem” to be solved on an after-the-fact or ad hoc basis. This approach is costly—fixing an inaccessible website is more expensive than designing and maintaining it to be accessible from the beginning and throughout development. This approach is also difficult to maintain—without proper accessibility guidelines and procedures in place, a website that is initially accessible will quickly become inaccessible once new content is posted. Add-on assistive technology is much more complicated to install, set up, use and update than a device or software package that is readily accessible. Retrofitting is expensive and ineffective, so please make accessibility a priority from the beginning stages of website development.

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Idea No. 417