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Understanding Web Accessibility and Its Significance

What is Web Accessibility?

Web accessibility is the practice of ensuring websites, tools, and technologies are designed and developed so that people with disabilities can use them without barriers. It involves making web content accessible to a wide range of users, including those who rely on assistive technologies to navigate the internet.

Understanding the Core Principles of Web Accessibility (POUR)

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Information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive.

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User interface components and navigation must be operable.

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Information and the operation of the user interface must be understandable.

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Content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies.


Importance of Web Accessibility

Web accessibility is crucial for several compelling reasons, touching on ethical, legal, and practical aspects of digital inclusion:

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    Equal Access and Opportunities: Web accessibility ensures that people with disabilities have equal access to information and functionalities on the internet, promoting inclusivity and preventing discrimination. This is fundamental to creating opportunities for education, employment, commerce, healthcare, and recreation for everyone, regardless of their physical or cognitive abilities.
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    Legal Compliance: Many countries have laws and regulations that require digital content to be accessible, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the United States and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) as a global standard. Compliance with these standards helps organizations avoid legal penalties and demonstrates a commitment to equality.
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    Broader User Base: Making websites accessible increases the potential audience by including users with disabilities, who represent a significant portion of the population. This broader inclusivity can lead to increased customer satisfaction, loyalty, and potentially, market share.
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    Enhanced User Experience: The principles of web accessibility often lead to better overall user experience and usability for everyone. For example, designing for accessibility includes creating clear navigation and readable content, which benefits all users, not just those with disabilities.
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    SEO Benefits: Accessible websites tend to be more search-engine friendly. Many accessibility practices, such as providing alt text for images and ensuring content is structured logically with proper headings, improve a website's SEO, making it more discoverable.
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    Corporate Social Responsibility: Prioritizing web accessibility reflects positively on an organization's brand, showing commitment to corporate social responsibility and ethical practices. It sends a message that the organization values all individuals and their right to access information and services equally.

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.


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How accessiBe works

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.

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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 initital remediation to ensure that all content updates and adjustments made to a website are accessible and compliant as well.


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Interface Capabilities

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Font Handling

Users can increase and decrease font size, change type, adjust spacing, alignment, line height, and more.

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Color Handling

Users can customize color contrast and schemes, including options like light, dark, inverted, and monochrome, with over 7 colors for texts and backgrounds.

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Users with epilepsy can halt all animations, including videos, GIFs, and CSS flashes, with one click.

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Content Highlighting

Users can highlight key elements like links and titles, and emphasize elements on focus or hover.

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Audio Muting

Users with hearing devices can instantly mute the site to avoid headaches or issues from automatic audio.

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On-Demand Dictionary

Our search tool helps users with cognitive disorders quickly decode slang and phrases via Wikipedia and Wiktionary links.

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Other Options

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

XEN Create is proud to partner with accessiBe

We are committed to providing exceptional web accessibility services. Through this partnership, we guarantee the following key benefits:

  1. Enhanced web accessibility solutions

  2. Assurance of compliance with web accessibility standards (e.g. WCAG, ADA)

  3. Access to advanced accessibility technologies and support

With XEN Create and accessiBe at your side, achieving web accessibility becomes a smooth and effortless process. We manage the compliance intricacies, freeing you to excel in your expertise. Together, let's ensure your website is accessible to everyone.

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