Web accessibility is now automatic, simple, and affordable.
This article discusses the first and only automatic, AI-powered machine-learning web accessibility solution that complies with worldwide legislation and keeps websites compliant 24/7.
The tool is trusted by over 160,000 small businesses and industry leaders, including BMW, Playstation, Dolce & Gabana, Panasonic & Tupperware.
These businesses provide a great user experience for people struggling with disabilities by using the web accessibility tool and protect themselves again fines and lawsuits by remaining compliant with legislation in their jurisdictions.
To jump straight to the best solution in the market, visit Accessibe and start a free 7-day trial today. Your website can be WCAG 2.1 or ADA compliant in less than 30 minutes.
It is as simple as adding source code to your website, and within minutes, your website will comply with global best practices for web accessibility, such as ADA and WCAG.
You can customise the Web Accessibility widget to match your branding and adjust the widget’s size and location so your site’s aesthetics are not affected in any way!
You can purchase this service through Chatter Digital if you are not tech-savvy. We are an authorised partner and reseller of Accessibe. We will install the code on your website and take care of your configurations as part of the process of designing your website, or we can implement it on your existing website when you purchase an annual subscription through us.
For those of you who have no idea about what web accessibility is, why you need to have it and how it works, let’s get into the detail.
What is Web Accessibility?
Web accessibility is a set of rules, behaviours, code standards and design guidelines that allow people with disabilities to use websites effectively.
Your website should be accessible and friendly to use for people who have;
- Blurred Vision
- Colour Blindness
- Motor & Mobility Challenges
- Cognitive Disorders
- Cataracts and more
Many countries have laws around web content accessibility, and as a result, businesses must adhere to a set of web accessibility guidelines. By not complying, you could be open to fines and even lawsuits.
The Accessibe platform will help your business comply with the major standards, such as ADA III, WCAG 2.1, EN 301549 and Section 508. It will keep you compliant with CVAA, RGAA, ATAG, AUDA, AODA, UNE 139803:2012, JIS X 8341 & more.
Why is Web Accessibility so Important?
The internet is, without a doubt, the most important innovation of our lifetime. Making it inclusive is essential to achieving a society that prioritises the inclusion of all its people and values, regardless of abilities, and everyone for who they are. Making the internet accessible is about levelling the playground for 20% of the world’s population.
The opportunity for our society to make the internet inclusive is enormous! Imagine how our society will progress in every sector if an additional 2 billion people as intelligent, talented, and driven as anyone else in the world finally receive access to the internet’s full potential.
Why You Need Web Accessibility For Your Website
Everyone should be able to enjoy access to your website, regardless of ability! Lawmakers worldwide agree and are now making it a requirement for businesses to do it.
When you look at the US alone, you can see that web accessibility is firmly on the radar of government bodies, businesses, customers and lawyers!
Here are some mind-opening web accessibility statistics.
• 200% increase in lawsuits and demand letters from 2017 to 2018
• DOJ affirms ADA applies to websites by November 2018
• Since 2017 over 150,000 demand letters have been served to businesses for not being compliant with web accessibility rules
• 93% of demand letters settle outside of court for $20,000 – $150,000 on average. A very expensive exercise.
• 7% of businesses fight and lose in court
You can’t afford to ignore this – protect yourself for the next 7 days with a free trial of the Accessibe web accessibility tool.
What are the Benefits of Using a Web Accessibility Tool
Auto-generated Accessibility Statement
The Accessibility Statement displays inside the web accessibility widget. Alternatively, you can take the content and create a dedicated page on your website if you prefer. The accessibility statement covers things like;
- Confirmation of Compliance Requirement to meet the WCAG 2.1
- Explains all the adjustments the website has undergone
- Doubles as a certification of performance
- Proof of doing the required compliance work
Ongoing Web Accessibility Compliance
Maintaining compliance is as important as achieving it in the first place. That’s because websites are dynamic and constantly undergoing content updates, browser changes, optimisation with performance tools, etc. These changes can compromise compliance and could be broken entirely in just a few updates.
The web accessibility widget’s AI re-scans every page of your website at least once every 24 hours, ensuring new updates are being remediated for compliance immediately.
Image Recognition and OCR AI technologies
The web accessibility widget scans all images on the site. Whenever an alternative text (Alt attributes) is missing, the widget extracts the embedded text using OCR. It then learns the objects that comprise the image using IRIS technology.
The web accessibility widget will automatically provide accurate and detailed alternative text to these images. When a blind user enters a site, their screen reader will rely on these descriptions to communicate what is on the page.
Maintaining good quality Alt attributes is challenging, and this solution means that your Alt attributes will be optimised for the people who need them the most.
How Does the Web Accessibility Tool Work?
Your website’s security and users’ privacy are top priorities. The web accessibility tool implements the highest industry standards and practices regarding security, and it is GDPR and CCPA-compliant. It is trusted by many of the world’s largest brands, demonstrating the robustness of the web accessibility tool.
What Parts of the Website Can a Web Accessibility Tool Adjust?
There are both AI applications and settings within the web accessibility interface itself that deliver the web accessibility solution.
AI applications include;
The accessibility interface will adjust UI, design and related cognitive adjustments such as;
- Online Glossary
- Virtual Keyboard
- Removal of Animations
Why Use This Website Accessibility Tool for Your Business
In closing, web accessibility is more than just being compliant. It is about inclusivity, which can ultimately help you bring on more customers.
We live our lives online more than ever before. It’s where we read the news, shop, order groceries, and connect with people for business or pleasure. But 20% of the population has disabilities that exclude them from using it. Our goal is to make the online world inclusive, which is why we partnered with Accessibe.