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Not Just Costly Web Remediation: Meet the ADA Accessibility Checker
July 21, 2022
Unlike many of our competitors, EqualWeb offers a unique feature that can save you time, money, worries, and energy. This is our technological cherry on the cake: the ADA accessibility checker.
The accessibility checker, which you can add as an extension to your Google Chrome browser, is an automated auditing tool for WCAG 2.1 conformance.
The Checker analyzes the website and provides a comprehensive report about accessibility issues, including instructions and guidance on how to fix them.
It also automatically scans for Web content that meets legal and government regulations to accessibility.
And get this, it’s completely free.
Yes, this is a service we provide free of charge that you can use for your own benefit, monitoring your website for accessibility issues and ADA violations.
In case you’re not familiar with the term, ADA stands for the Americans with Disabilities Act. It was enacted into U.S. law in 1990 by President George H. W. Bush.
The ADA came into existence after years of struggle by civil rights groups and groups representing individuals with disabilities.
The idea was twofold: prevent unjust discrimination against those with disabilities and level the playing field to enhance accessibility in all areas of public life.
This includes the online experience.
The ADA did not originally include language that stipulated non-discriminatory requirements online, but future interpretations by the courts have left no doubt: accessibility rules apply to the virtual world as well.
More importantly, ADA compliance applies to all public organizations and businesses, big, medium, and small (with few exceptions), as every enterprise that has a website must remediate it according to WCAG standards.
The U.S. is not alone to endorse WCAG standards as the legal benchmark for digital accessibility. Governments across the globe have endorsed it in various forms, court rulings included, which places WCAG as the primary and safest standard for web owners, developers, and designers.
WCAG is the ultimate standard for web accessibility guidelines, providing a single shared standard that meets the needs of individuals, organizations, and governments internationally.
Its guidelines are the world’s most comprehensive and robust code of modifications for making your website accessible to disabled individuals.
If your website meets the latest WCAG standards, especially the updated 2.1 version from 2018, you’d be sure as safe from lawsuits, meeting all ADA requirements.
The EqualWeb Accessibility Checker
To summarize, EqualWeb’s ADA accessibility checker is an excellent tool for your business.
It allows you to:
Be aware of accessibility issues and ADA violations
Monitor your website periodically
Stay up-to-date with the latest regulations
Launch the process of attaining compliance and accessibility
For full ADA compliance, you will need EqualWeb’s powerfully technological accessibility AI ToolBar as well as our manual services, offered on our Pricing page.
But feel free to download our accessibility checker and add it to your Google Chrome. The link below will immediately direct you to EqualWeb’s Accessibility Checker.
From now on, users can access accessibility functions like Voice Navigation, Color Adjustments, and Image Descriptors, among others. The Fnac website is now more accessible for users with different types of disabilities, including seniors.
Closed captions for videos and audio content enable people with hearing impairments to understand the content. EqualWeb has become the first web accessibility vendor to provide a video and audio closed captions option for people with disabilities as part of its automatic services.
The unique benefit of the function is that it’s entirely automatic. Moreover, as the website owner, you can modify the automatic generic text if you find a mismatch between the video and the text (the AI may miss a few words here and there), using the Captions Editor in your dashboard.
The closed captions function includes a simple on-and-off activation button, a rating vote for feedback purposes, a new transcription window over the video or audio element, and a captions download option. The captions’ font conforms to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 standards for easily accessible fonts.
An accessible design for a website means that the website is designed and developed in a way that makes it usable and understandable for people with disabilities. This includes people with visual, auditory, physical, cognitive, and neurological disabilities.