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.

Learn more in the UC IT Blog article, “UC Gets Systemwide Website Accessibility Checker.”

Reports

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:

Using Siteimprove

Note: Siteimprove monitors UC public sites only. To test password-protected sites, use the Siteimprove Chrome extension.

  1. To get started, watch Siteimprove User Training.
  2. Then log-in to Siteimprove for in-app training:

Information for Location Admins

Additional information is provided for designated Siteimprove location administrations in the admin guide.

Support

A lot of information is available in the Siteimprove app under the Help tab.

You may submit tickets to support@siteimprove.com.