What is Web Accessibility?

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What is Web Accessibility?​

Web accessibility is a set of rules, behaviors, code standards, and design guidelines that are used to enable people with disabilities, which comprise 20% of the world’s population, to use websites effectively.

To achieve this, the W3C (The World Wide Web Consortium) has created the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1), which explain about and guide developers on how to make websites accessible. These guidelines have been adopted by governments around the world and are now a part of various legislations, such as the ADA, Section 508, EN 301549, and others.

The WCAG focuses mainly on three areas of accessibility: blind people using screen-readers (JAWS, NVDA), people with motor impairments who use only keyboards, and a variety of other disabilities such as color blindness, epilepsy, and minor visual impairments that are mainly focused on the UI and design of the website (color contrasts, animations, fonts, etc.)

What is accessiBe?

accessiBe is the leading AI-powered web accessibility solution that makes websites accessible to people with disabilities, and compliant with the WCAG, ADA, and other accessibility legislation. By using AI and automation, accessiBe signficantly reduces costs and time, making web accessibility achievable for all businesses.

How Does accessiBe Achieve Compliance?

accessiBe utilizes two applications that together achieve compliance: the interface and AI-powered processes. accessiBe’s interface is a session-based design and UI adjustment tool that makes accessibility modifications based on a user’s individual needs. All adjustments are compliant with WCAG 2.1 AA & AAA requirements.

accessiBe’s AI machine learning technology uses contextual understanding and computer vision to address the complex, back-end requirements needed for screen reader and keyboard navigation adjustments.

After the initial remediation, you’ll receive an accessibility statement, also visible within the interface, that confirms your website’s compliance status to all site visitors.

How Does the Technology Work?
accessiBe utilizes two applications that together achieve compliance. The accessibility interface is responsible for all the UI and design-related adjustments, while the AI-powered background process handles the more complex requirements – optimization for screen-readers and for keyboard navigation.

The accessibility interface covers about 30% of the requirements and include adjustments for readable fonts, sizing, spacing, color contrasts, cursors, emphases and more. Users have the choice between accessibility profiles, standalone adjustments, or both. The profiles bundle together common accessibility combinations that together address a specific disability, such as visual impairments, epilepsy, or ADHD.
AI-powered Processes

accessiBe uses contextual understanding, OCR, and image recognition AI technologies to address the complex requirements needed for screen reader and keyboard navigation adjustments. Prior to accessiBe, these could only be achieved manually, with long, complex, and costly projects.

The AI automatically rescans a website every 24 hours after the initial remediation to ensure that all content updates and adjustments made to a website are accessible and compliant as well.

The Accessibility Interface

The interface is designed to address accessibility requirements relating to the UI, design, and readability of your website. Users can choose a disability profile like “Visually Impaired Profile” and simultaneously activate all relevant adjustments. Alternatively, or in addition to the profiles, users can enable singular adjustments like increasing font sizes, change color contrasts, and stop animations.

–  Font Handling

–  Color Handling

–  Animations

–  Content Highlighting

–  Audio Muting

–  On-Demand Dictionary

–  Other options: Users can change the cursor’s color and sizing, view in printing mode, enable a virtual keyboard, and much more

The AI Application

accessiBe’s AI is responsible for handling the more complex accessibility adjustments such as screen-reader optimization and keyboard navigation. Prior to accessiBe, these could only be achieved manually, with long, complex, and costly projects.

Screen-reader Optimization

accessiBe’s AI applies the contextual understanding processes while analyzing a site. It visually matches elements and behaviors to millions of past encounters, to learn from context what elements actually do and their purpose on the page. Then all the necessary code adjustments are implemented in order to reflect to blind people using screen-readers exactly what’s on the screen and the purpose of every element, exactly as it was intended originally.

For example, accessiBe automatically and accurately labels forms and adds descriptions for actionable icons, such as social media. Additionally, our AI scans all of the website’s images and provides an accurate, elaborate image descriptions, or ALT (Alternate Text) tag. It also extracts texts that are embedded within the image, using OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology.

Note that accessiBe will not override your ALT tags, titles, or any other manual accessibility work that has been done. We take into consideration that if you’ve made adjustments yourself, it’s probably for a reason. Screen reader users in need of these adjustments receive automatic announcements to turn on these adjustments as soon as they enter your website.

Keyboard Navigation Optimization

For users who have trouble using a mouse, our AI adjusts the website’s HTML, as well as adding various behaviors using JavaScript code, to make the website fully navigable by keyboard.

accessiBe’s Contextual Understanding AI engine matches the behavior, style, and structure of your website’s elements to millions of past experiences, to learn their functionality and provide keyboard navigation and operational functionality to each of them.

This includes navigating the entire site using the TAB and SHIFT+TAB keys, operating dropdowns with the arrow keys, closing elements with Esc, triggering buttons and links using Enter, navigating between radio and checkbox elements using the arrow keys, filling them in with the Spacebar or Enter key, navigate using key shortcuts, and more.

accessiBe’s automated service has only a few exceptions with is remediation of PDFs, documents, and multimedia (video/audio subtitles), as they are not a part of your codebase.

Lastly, if your website has an element that is unique and does not exist almost anywhere else, such as a quiz, game, ticketing section, map, or any other rare component, accessiBe may not be able to fix it. AI and machine learning technologies depend on a high amount of encounters and data to be accurate.

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