A list of resources from GDS which are on GOV.UK.
Accessibility for Developers: Introduction
GOV.UK Guidance for making your frontend accessible. As well as the guidance for Software Engineers and Frontend Developers in this manual, you should read the accessibility for developers introduction on GOV.UK.
You can use the in-depth GOV.UK Accessibility Personas to help you think about accessibility early on in your product design. Before you have recruited real users and built prototypes, using accessibility personas can help you to keep accessibility at the forefront of your service.
It should be noted that personas will never replace talking to real users, but they can be a useful tool in the early stages of your discovery work.
You can read a GDS blog post about accessibility personas.
Common assistive technologies
If you’re working to the Service Standard you will need to make sure your service works on the GOV.UK list of common assistive technologies.
A 2016 GDS survey on assistive technology and a WebAim screen reader survey was used to create the list. It is updated several times a year, so don’t always assume the list is the same as the last time you checked it.
Make things accessible and inclusive
Whether you’re building or buying technology it’s important to make things accessible and inclusive.
To meet point 2 of the Technology Code of Practice (TCoP) your plan or design must show how you’re making technology inclusive.
If you’re going through the spend control process you must explain how you’re meeting point 2 or any limitations you’ve encountered.
Publishing accessible documents
See the GOV.UK guidance for publishing accessible documents to learn how to publish accessible documents to meet the needs of all users under the accessibility regulations.
Record a Goose Sighting: Training
Record a Goose Sighting is a fictional service which has been coded to include deliberate accessibility issues based, such as missing alt text and broken heading hierarchies.
The GOV.UK Service Manual is the main guidance for any service team. It covers every aspect of designing and building digital services, not just accessibility.
Service Manual: Design guidance
The Service Manual: Design guidance should be used for naming, structuring and scoping your service.
Services for Government users
When we think of digital services, we often think of service which are for citizens. But we can reuse a lot of the existing patterns because Civil Servants are users too. If you’re building a service for staff to use, it still needs to be usable and accessible.
Read the Service Manual guidance on designing services for Government users.
Technology code of practice
The GDS user profiles were created to help you understand how disabilities and impairments might impact people trying to access your service.
There are 7 in total:
- Ashleigh: partially sighted screen reader user
- Christopher: user with rheumatoid arthritis
- Claudia: partially sighted screen magnifier user
- Pawel: user with Asperger’s
- Ron: older user with multiple conditions
- Saleem: profoundly deaf user
- Simone: dyslexic user
Using progressive enhancement
When we talk about using progressive enhancement we mean that we start simply and build up to complex.
Writing for GOV.UK
The official guidance on writing for GOV.UK.
A lot of accessibility issues can be solved just by having well written and well structured content. The guidance contains lots of information on how people read and what is the best way to make sure your content works for everyone.
Writing for user interfaces
Depending on where your content will be published, the things you need to consider might be different. As well as the guidance on writing for GOV.UK you should read the guidance on writing for user interfaces.