Improving the quality of our website
Our website is regularly checked for quality assurance by Siteimprove, a web governance software that helps us better manage and maintain our website. This system checks our website for common content issues including spelling mistakes, broken links, accessibility issues and more.
We are providing access to content coordinators so that they can review their web area(s) for these types of issues. As part of this access, you will receive a report every five days for your web area(s) outlining any of these potential issues.
We have used Siteimprove to identify and address issues with major content changes including:
- Academic restructure
- Faculty design and restructure
- FedReady program change
- Program and Centre name changes
- Continuing to monitor the FedUni branding guidelines
- Broken links
- Started with 1,264 on June 10
- Currently at 394
- Equating to 870 resolved broken links
- Started with 255 on June 10
- Currently at 51
- Equating to 204 correcting misspellings
Our focus in utilising Siteimprove further will include:
- Accessibility - monitoring accessibility issues across our website which we will use to ensure we are rectifying template and content issues
- More training - we will facilitate more Siteimprove training for quality assurance (broken links, misspellings) and accessibility
- Active follow-up on Siteimprove reports to ensure issues are rectified in a timely manner and escalated where required
As a web publisher, reviewing accessibility issues can be overwhelming at first. However, most are not that hard to resolve.
The area of a web page that you need to ensure complies with accessibility requirements is the page content area, which starts below the page title as a heading 1, through to the bottom of the content (excludes inline menu boxes) as per the highlighted area in screenshot (right).
Common accessibility issues include:
- Ensuring images have appropriate alternate text which describes the function and purpose of an informative image, or left blank if the image is purely decorative.
- Consistent and structured use of headings by only using h2, then h3 and h4 for sub-headings as this outlines the structure of the page. The correct use of headings helps someone who cannot see the page understand how the page is structured.
- Tables need to have a short description as an overview of the content in the table
- Providing a text transcript for each video so users who cannot see or hear the video have an accessible alternative.