Our web team at 10Degrees make every effort to ensure that their work is widely accessible and we and they thought you might like to know how they do that. Beyond the technical side of reviewing the site structure and html, we also take neuro-diversity issues seriously, and, as the team says below, if there is anything we can do to make the competition more accessible for you or for someone you know, then please get in touch. You can email us at [email protected], or, if email is difficult, then leave a voicemail message on 023 80593674.
We use Google Chrome’s auditing tool called Lighthouse to monitor the accessibility of the website. Lighthouse provides us with tests that look at different aspects of accessibility (including screen reader compatibility).
From Google’s own words: “The Accessibility score is a weighted average of all the accessibility audits. See Scoring Details (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Cxzhy5ecqJCucdf1M0iOzM8mIxNc7mmx107o5nj38Eo/edit#gid=0) for a full list of how each audit is weighted. The heavier-weighted audits have a bigger impact on your score. Each accessibility audit is pass or fail. Unlike the Performance audits, a page doesn’t get points for partially passing an accessibility audit. For example, if some elements have screenreader-friendly names, but others don’t, that page gets a 0 for the screenreader-friendly-names audit.”
For the homepage, Lighthouse reports a score of 87% for accessibility and 93% for a single challenge page.
There is always more that we can do to improve accessibility of the site to people of different needs and it’s something we try to iterate on to improve each year. We look at the language being used as well as the technical aspects of accessibility with HTML code.
If there’s a particular aspect of the website that is causing problems to any potential competitor then please let us know as we’re more than happy to help provide a solution or improve the website to account for their needs.