How To: Compare Accessibility Scores Between Websites
Apr 18, 2023
In today's increasingly digital world, website accessibility is essential for reaching the widest possible audience. Ensuring that people with disabilities can interact with and navigate your website is not only a matter of social responsibility, but it also benefits businesses by expanding their potential customer base. Accessibility testing is the key to achieving this goal, and DoesQA is a powerful tool that can automate this process, making it easier and more efficient. This article will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to compare accessibility scores between websites using DoesQA.
Section 1: Importance of Accessibility Testing
Accessibility testing ensures that websites are accessible to all users, regardless of their abilities or disabilities. This includes individuals with visual, hearing, cognitive, and motor impairments. By complying with accessibility guidelines and standards, such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), or Google’s Lighthouse Reporting, businesses can ensure that their websites are usable by a broader audience.
There are several reasons why accessibility testing is important:
Legal Compliance: Many countries have enacted laws and regulations that require websites to be accessible, and non-compliant websites can face penalties or legal actions.
Inclusivity: Accessible websites allow people with impairments to participate in the digital world, promoting social inclusion.
Market Reach: Making a website accessible expands its potential audience, as millions of people worldwide live with impairments.
SEO Benefits: Accessible websites often have improved search engine rankings, as search engines prioritize websites with good accessibility practices.
Section 2: Automating Accessibility Testing with DoesQA
DoesQA is an automated testing tool that simplifies the process of evaluating website accessibility. By using DoesQA, you can easily test your website, save the accessibility scores in the Value Store, and then compare them with other websites.
Here's how to use DoesQA for accessibility testing:
1. Sign up for a free DoesQA account and log in.
2. Follow the onboarding steps and create a new Flow.
3. Use an Open node, and connect this to some Accessibility nodes. You should end up with a flow similar to below:
4. Run the test, and DoesQA will automatically evaluate your website's accessibility based on Lighthouse standards.
5. Once the test is complete, you will be able to see the current scores for your website. This will be used as our baseline in Section 3.
In the 5 simple steps above (and under 5 minutes) you will be able to produce Live Synthetic Testing that keeps an eye on your accessibility scoring.
Let’s take it to the next level.
Section 3: Comparing Accessibility Scores Between Websites
Comparing accessibility scores between websites is essential for identifying areas where your website might be lagging behind or excelling in comparison to competitors or industry standards. With DoesQA, you can easily compare your website's accessibility score with others.
Follow these steps to compare accessibility scores between websites:
1. Add to Section 2’s flow, by storing the output of the scores in the value store. To do this, use the Store Text node, select the Alias type, and save the
$actualSeoScore to a new value
Nike_SEO_Score in this example:
2. Now we have those values saved, we are able to repeat the steps in Section 2 and compare our values to another website. The result would look something like this.
3. Let’s run the tests and see how these competitors compare:
The interesting takeaway from the above, Nike was worse than ASOS in 4 out of 5 of the scores. This solidifies the reason that this type of testing is more important than ever, to ensure that you are providing users with a best-in-class experience.
Accessibility testing is crucial for ensuring that your website is usable by a diverse audience. DoesQA offers a powerful and efficient solution for automating the accessibility testing process, making it easier to evaluate, compare, and improve the accessibility of websites. By leveraging DoesQA's capabilities, businesses can not only enhance their website's accessibility but also ensure compliance with legal requirements, promote inclusivity, and expand their market reach.