The following websites are resources I go back to time and time again to remind myself of the best practices one should take on board while creating websites, whether they are for government departments, or for small businesses.
In other words, if you want to build websites and are concerned about whether they follow best practice, what better place to start than with resources paid for with taxpayers money!
Government Digital Service
Government Digital Service (GDS) have a mission to make digital services and information simpler, clearer and faster, putting the needs of users before government. With that in mind, here are their available tools to help you achieve this:
- Service Manual
- Service Manual for Developers
- Making your Gov.uk service accessible - an introduction.
- GOV.uk elements - how to make your service consistent with the rest of Gov.uk.
This is an impressive resource.
Home Office Digital Github
Again, a very impressive resource. Although some of what they do must remain unavailable to the public, their Github repo contains a great number of tools, patterns and application shells. Worthy of note is Home Office Forms (HOF), a JS based form builder, that caters to multi-page form journeys, which was used in the production of Her Majesty's Passport Office Adult Passport Renewals Service.
Useful Web Accessibility Tools
Here's some useful tools and add ons to install in your browser to aid in accessibility testing. It won't replace actual testing sessions with users, but it will reduce the likelihood of obvious issues being encountered by such users.
- Google Chrome Accessibility Developer Tools plugin
- WAVE Evaluation Tool
- ChromeVox is a screen reader for Chrome.
- Webaim Colour Contrast Checker.
This list is not exhaustive. Many of the above links are mere front pages to much greater levels of content, so make use of your bookmarks and/or favourites bar - you're going to need them!