Introduction to auditing

To test the accessibility of a website, an audit is required. Audits across an organisation’s web estate should be part of a clear audit framework and plan. An audit requires a number of accessible user journeys to be taken, with difficulties completing these journeys often translating into accessibility issues.

Quick accessibility checks

It is important to have an understanding of how much a website or digital platform supports accessibility. These “Quick checks” have been put together to allow staff without in-depth accessibility knowledge, so that organisations can begin to understand what barriers disabled users may experience and assist with planning accessibility improvements.

Performing a manual audit

This section details how to tackle an audit. It assumes a good existing knowledge of the WCAG 2.1 criterion and how their techniques can be applied on a website. For each page or user journey within the scope of an audit, the process below can be applied to check for accessibility issues.