Checking website accessibility with Siteimprove
Do you want to make sure your website is accessible to people with disabilities? Accessible sites reach a bigger and more diverse audience, are easier for everyone to use, and comply with UC policy.
Now UC personnel have access to a great tool – Siteimprove – to stay on top of web accessibility. Siteimprove is a cloud service that enables you to systematically review your sites for accessibility.
Sites are crawled on a regular basis – every five days – and reports identifying accessibility errors and how to fix them are issued to the site owner.
Siteimprove provides several types of reports useful for website maintenance:
- Accessibility: Problems with web pages and PDF documents in relation to the WCAG international standards.
- Quality Assurance: Broken links, misspelled words, and readability issues, including an inventory of your pages, documents, media files, email addresses, and other content.
- Search Engine Optimization: Technical, content, user experience, and mobile-related website issues affecting your non-paid search ranking.
- Policy: Style-guide violations or other issues (e.g., terminology, branding/trademarks, file sizes, page structure) based on industry best practices or your customized policies.
Scanning Your Sites
UC has a systemwide contract with Siteimprove that provides for unlimited users and allows an unlimited number of pages to be scanned. To get a Siteimprove account and start scanning your sites:
- First log-in to Siteimprove to get an account. (The UC account uses single sign-on.)
- Next, send your Siteimprove location administrator a list of the urls you want scanned by Siteimprove.
- Add a script to your site that helps you prioritize the issues to fix. If you don’t have access to add the script to your CMS, contact your website/system administrator.
- Later, if needed, contact your location administrator to make any configuration changes to your site scans.
Note: Siteimprove monitors UC public sites only. To test password-protected sites, use the Siteimprove Chrome extension.
- To get started, watch Siteimprove User Training.
- Then log-in to Siteimprove for in-app training:
- Accessibility Overview
- Issues in Accessibility
- Navigating the Page Report - Accessibility
- How to navigate the DCI Score Dashboard
- Full List of In-App Tutorials
Information for Location Admins
Additional information is provided for designated Siteimprove location administrations in the admin guide.
A lot of information is available in the Siteimprove app under the Help tab.
You may submit tickets to firstname.lastname@example.org.