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Reviewing implications of “The rural broadband divide”

Quality Assurance blog

In a blog post earlier this year, I highlighted some accessibility woes that Dominoes and Beyoncé were currently experiencing. Today, I thought it would be a good idea to highlight a study released by Microsoft that shows more Americans are without high-speed internet than originally estimated by the federal government.

When we look at correcting issues for accessibility purposes, WCAG requires us to take into account technological limitations in addition to physical challenges that our website users have.

This means that it is important to also test things like your page load time and the resources required to load the web pages. It is also important to make sure that you provide an easy to navigate website so that people are not having to waste bandwidth loading unnecessary pages. Finally, another important consideration, is providing a great experience for mobile users.

Recent studies also show that mobile web traffic surpasses desktop traffic. Many mobile users pay based on network usage. Providing a usable experience that does not cost your users a ton should be a consideration that you are actively undertaking when managing your website and web content.

Along with basic accessibility testing, DubBot allows you to easily see the amount of resources required to load your web pages. We also track SEO best practices.

I’d love to chat more about your experiences! How much effort have you made to test your website for load time and resource consumption? What other tools do you use for testing?

Penny Kronz, CPACC, VP of DubBot Client Services

Penny Kronz is a web developer and accessibility specialist.

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