Working as part of a team of front-end specialists contracted by TCS, I helped build the brand new responsive B&Q website.

During development a huge emphasis was placed on accessibility and assistive technologies. I also steered the team on front-end development process to ensure industry best practice collaboration, technical architecture and tooling.

B&Q invited the RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind) to help incorporate sound accessibility techniques from project inception throughout the project’s lifecycle and through end deployment.

The site was developed to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0), and where possible to go beyond this. 

Working alongide their consultant, we implemented full keyboard and screen reader support, allowing users of all abilities to navigate comfortably through the website, select products and checkout.

More details on what was achieved for impaired users can be found here - http://www.diy.com/customer-support/policies/accessibility/