Accessibility NextGen: Getting started

Modified on: Mon, 4 Oct, 2021 at 9:49 AM

Here is a brief guide to get your team started with the new Accessibility product.

Note: These steps are recommended for Account owners after you have switched the account over to Accessibility NextGen.

With the optimized Siteimprove Accessibility product you are one step closer to improving your website accessibility. While the experience of the new product is in line with the classic Siteimprove experience, there are a few things to be aware of as you start out. The following information will help you get your team set up for a successful transition.

If you’re not yet familiar with the new Accessibility product, we recommend that you read "Learn more about Accessibility NextGen".

Five steps to a good start

We recommend you carry out the following steps after switching to Siteimprove's new Accessibility product:

  1. Retrieve old progress data
  2. Set a Site Target that matches your required compliance goal
  3. Set your preferred permissions for reviewing potential issues
  4. Guide your team on how to focus on new issues
  5. Create a dashboard for your team

Retrieve old progress data

Before taking on the next step of your accessibility journey, you might consider retrieving any progress data from the old product to finish up reporting. But no need to hurry, the data is safe with us and will continue to be available going forward.
Where? Find your progress data by clicking the link “View archived data from old Accessibility” under the progress chart on the Overview page.

Set a Site Target that matches your required compliance goal

With the new product comes a number of new key features, including the option to set a Site Target. To align your efforts with a required conformance goal, and to create focus for the work ahead, we recommend setting a site target.

If all your sites have the same conformance goal, you can set a Site Target for the account by going to "My Sites" where you find the option “Set Site Target for account”.
Where? Find the option to set a site target on the Overview page.
You can read more in the article "Setting a Site Target".

Set your preferred permissions for reviewing potential issues

As part of the new checks, you will meet what we call “potential issues”. These issues require a human review to validate if they are actually a problem. The answers from reviews will be applied wherever they are relevant across the site and can impact your results. We recommend that you consider which of your team members should handle the review flow, and set the permissions accordingly.
Where? Find the action permission “Review potential issues” within Accessibility Settings.

You can read more in the article "Working with potential issues".

Guide your team on how to focus on new issues

We recommend that you check out the issues filters. These filters will help you determine who should fix what issue, based on the skillsets in your team. The Difficulty and Responsibility filters are a good starting point.

You can use Page sections filter, to quickly find issues in certain sections of the page.

Code examples provided are also a useful guide when fixing issues.
Where? You can find the new Issue filters and Page Sections on the Issues page. (Accessibility > Issues) 

Code Examples can be seen in the Page Report (i.e. Click on a page title from Accessibility in the platform)
You can learn more about these features in the following articles. 

Create a dashboard for your team

Now you just need to set up a dashboard or two, and you’re good to go. The checks in the new Accessibility product cannot be directly mapped to the old product so we recommend that you set up new dashboards. What’s helpful is that your site target will carry over, meaning that your dashboards will respond to your goal, providing focus.
Where? Set up dashboards by exporting widgets from the new Accessibility product.

You can learn more on this in the article "Configuring Siteimprove Dashboards and Dashboard reports"

With these few steps, you and your team should be ready to take on the next chapter of your accessibility journey. Remember that you can find valuable information on using our the new Accessibility product from the “Learn ” sections withing the platform. We wish you the best of luck in getting started!

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