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Internet for Everyone: How to Make a Website Accessible for People with Disabilities
August 17, 2018
28 March 2018
ISRAEL: Yit, which develops and maintains over 50 websites including Ynet, Calcalist, Bigdeal, Blazer, and Winwin among others, have made their clients’ websites accessible to all people with disabilities through a dedicated widget developed by Equalweb.
Every day most of the people in the world surf the Internet without thinking of accessibility, we enter, click and surf. But, until not long ago people with disabilities could not enjoy these basic things, because the text was too small or too dark, there were no video captions, and more. Therefore, it was decided in Israel to make a law that would allow everyone to be an integral part of the use of the Internet – the law of accessibility to websites that enforces website owners to make their websites accessible to people with disabilities came into effect on October 25, 2017.
In order to be part of a company that cultivates and contributes to its entire population and community, Yit decided to use Equalweb to adapt all the websites of their clients to ensure accessibility.
“We see great importance in the issue of accessibility on the Internet and believe that the law is very vital and necessary,” said Avi Sheetrit, CEO of Yit. “We conducted multiple tests with the company’s programmers, who conducted an in-depth examination of the many accessibility systems available in the market, and after these tests we decided to buy the Equalweb system, to accommodate all our challenges to the accessibility regulations. “
Adam Ikar, Equalweb’s CEO, explained that the system developed by the company enables accessibility to any website in a comprehensive and qualitative manner, without interfering with the source code of the site, in a relatively fast time and keeping the site accessible for a long time. He added that working with Yit was a challenge because of the need to make accessible a large number of big and complex websites in a short period of time.
“We train and support the Yit development teams through our accessibility platform and a team of developers and accessibility experts of over 20 people who work together to implement this project for all the sites of the group.”
Mélange is an organization that organize workshops, conferences and tradeshows in the Caribbean in the area of accessibility. EqualWeb is proud to co-operate and present at Mélange accessibility for all Magazine. Mélange is an organization that set up workshops, conferences and tradeshows in the Caribbean in the area of accessibility. Our shared goal is to raise awareness to the importance of inclusion people with disabilities in the Physical space and especially now also in the Digital space by using Equalweb’s Unique technology to turn any website fully usable to people with disabilities with a simple line of code.
About 45 million people have some limitation on internet access —and the problem is not in the lack of broadband. They are people with some disability, especially visual or auditory, who need some help to surf the internet. But although Brazilian legislation requires websites to be inclusive, 99% of sites in Brazil have some barrier that makes navigation difficult, according to a study by the Web for All movement.