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make Web Accessibility an integral part of your web Strategy to promote true Inclusion

Use our Web Quality Validator to check your website for accessibility

ABOUT WEB QUALITY STANDARDS

The Web is an important resource in many aspects of life: education, employment, government, commerce, health care, recreation, and more. Websites are an essential way of receiving as well as providing information and interacting with other people.

An important aspect of making opportunities for education open to all is removing barriers to access. In this age of Internet, it is important that websites, especially educational institution websites, which are increasingly becoming the first point of information on education opportunities, are designed with accessibility and web quality in mind. While web accessibility ensures that web content is accessible to people of all abilities, web quality ensures that content is rendered effectively across all browsers and devices, thus ensuring larger reach.

Often a vast majority of accessibility and user experience obstacles on the web are the result of lack of awareness, oversight or negligence, rather than technological limitations. A greater awareness of the obstacles being unintentionally placed by educational institutions may encourage them to take proactive steps to remove these barriers and to leverage the value and immense possibilities of the internet. 

"The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect."

Tim Berners-Lee

W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web

What is Accessibility Compliance?

Accessibility refers to a standard of inclusive website development based on the idea that information should be equally available to all people, regardless of physical or developmental abilities or impairments. It is about enabling people with disabilities to understand, navigate and use the Web.

Millions of people have disabilities that affect their use of the Web. In this digital age where the internet is the first port of call for any information, it is important that Web sites and Web software are accessibility and web quality compliant. 

Web accessibility also benefits people without disabilities such as people using a slow Internet connection, people with "temporary disabilities" such as a broken arm, and people with changing abilities due to aging.

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes access to information and communications technologies, including the Web, as a basic human right. It is essential that the Web be accessible in order to provide equal access and equal opportunity to people with diverse abilities.

About WIZCHEQ - Our Web Quality Validator Tool

LEARN AS YOU CHECK

An easy to use Accessibility and Web Quality Validator with a rich visual interface to identify areas for improvement and compliance. 

It looks like, ours is the only Indian made Accessibility Validator Tool. The extended validation inlcudes Government of India's website compliance rules.

Our tool checks each web page for conformance with accessibility standards to ensure the content can be accessed by everyone. It provides a rich visual display of accessibility non compliance making it possible to understand and learn what needs to be done for accessibility compliance.

The tool provides a rich visual display of accessibility and w3C non compliance so it is easy to understand what needs to be done.

This rule based tool checks not only for Accessibility and Web Standards (W3C) Compliance, it also checks for SEO rules to help organisations  smartly leverage their digital presence.

Some Web BEST practices for Inclusion

USING ALT TEXT TO DESCRIBE AN IMAGE

If alt text is not provided for images, the image information is inaccessible to people who cannot see and use a screen reader that reads aloud the information on a page.

When equivalent alt text is provided, the information is available to everyone to people who are blind, as well as to people who turned off images on their mobile phone to lower bandwidth charges, people in a rural area with low bandwidth who turned off images to speed download, and others. It's also available to technologies that cannot see the image, such as search engines.

ALL ONCLICK EVENT HANDLERS SHOULD HAVE AN ASSOCIATED ON KEYBOARD INTERFACE

Some people cannot use a mouse, including many older users with limited fine motor control. An accessible website does not rely on the mouse; it provides all functionality via a keyboard. Then people with disabilities can use assistive technologies that mimic the keyboard, such as speech input.

ENSURE EFFECTIVE COLOR CONTRAST 

Color is an important asset in design of Web content, enhancing its aesthetic appeal, its usability, and its accessibility. However, some users have difficulty perceiving color. People with partial sight often experience limited color vision, and many older users do not see color well. In addition, people using text-only, limited-color or monochrome displays and browsers will be unable to access information that is presented only in color.

If the information is conveyed through color differences in an image (or other non-text format), the color may not be seen by users with color deficiencies. In this case, providing the information conveyed with color through another visual means ensures users who cannot see color can still perceive the information

DO YOU KNOW?

Color blindness affects approximately 1 in 12 men (8%) and 1 in 200 women in the world.

A tool to check web accessibility compliant color combinations. A unique aspect of the tool is that it can check color combinations for colors with transparency (rgba).

The tool can also be used to convert color measurements into various units (e.g rgb to hex to hsl and back, rgba to hsla and back).

USE OUR COLOR CHECKER

DELIVERING BUSINESS VALUE AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

THE BUSINESS CASE FOR WEBSITE QUALITY AND ACCESSIBILITY IS MARKET INCLUSION AND RESOURCE UTILISATION

USABILITY

Makes for easy navigation and search on site. It influences the way students are taught and how they learn so it becomes more learner rather than teacher centric

Accessibility overlaps with other best practices such as mobile web design, device independence, multi-modal interaction, usability, design for older users, and search engine optimization (SEO).

PERFORMANCE

Case studies show that accessible websites have better search results, reduced maintenance costs, and increased audience reach, among other benefits.

Accessibility addresses issues such as interoperability, quality, productivity in site development and maintenance, reduced server load, and being prepared for advanced web technologies.

EQUITY

Accessibility supports social inclusion for people with disabilities as well as others, such as older people, people in rural areas, and people in less developed areas. 

It breaks socio economic, cultural and physical barriers, helps reach disadvantaged groups and new markets and benefits people without disabilities, including people using mobile devices and people with low bandwidth connections to the Internet.

EASY STEPS TO MAKING YOUR WEBSITE ACCESSIBLITY COMPLIANT