Accessibility

Free consultation

We will be happy to meet with you, make a short preliminary analysis of your website on web accessibility, explain how EU Web Accessibility Directive works and how web accessibility boosts your SEO optimization and UX design.

Innovative Web Audit

Innovative Web Audit is based on the analysis conducted by the Inclusive Web Checker
Web Checker is a special web-based platform that analyzes e-democracy sites for their accessibility in line with international standards of the World Wide Web Consortium. The web checker is based on the WCAG 2.0 criteria using the AA accessibility level.

Free Quality Control

Our Quality control is based on international and European standards, WCAG 2.0, EN301549, ATAG, WAI-ARIA, and local guidelines. Besides, we developed further requirements for clients wishing to go further than the basic level.

Accessibility

There are 3 million people with visual impairments in the EU who have the right to enjoy the same level of services as those without disabilities. The target audience for accessibility is not just people with disabilities. Accessibility concerns everyone. Ageing population, everyone with different native tongues and the large number of Internet users who are not considered average conform a huge number of people who benefit from accessibility and it keeps growing. It is no longer a secret that Accessible websites score better in search engines such as Google and Yahoo. Moreover, Accessibility is one of the criteria of achieving an excellent user experience of your website. And again it applies to all users, including those with good eyesight.

 

 

 

 

Our services

 

Free consultation:

We will be happy to meet with you, make a short preliminary analysis of your website on web accessibility, explain how EU Web Accessibility Directive works and how web accessibility boosts your SEO optimization and UX design. We offer support at every different stage of a web project. You can hire us to set demands, give advice, control and test. You can also hire us to guide and educate your organization and your developers, check web content managing systems, e-systems or the latest applications you are considering to apply to your internal systems. You can analyse your website with our Web Checker: http://www.inclusivechecker.org/

 

 

 

Innovative Web Audit

 


 

Innovative Web Audit is based on the analysis conducted by the Inclusive Web Checker:

Web Checker is a special web-based platform that analyzes e-democracy sites for their accessibility in line with international standards of the World Wide Web Consortium. The web checker is based on the WCAG 2.0 criteria using the AA accessibility level. The consultations were conducted with various experts. In particular, IT specialists who developed the web checker, people with disabilities who tested online accessibility websites and representatives of the technology departments of national governments, city councils and public enterprises that would adapt their web-sites to the criteria laid down in the web-based checklist were involved. WBS offers a fast audit of web sites to any organization. We also provide fast fixing of the code of your website that it corresponds to the criteria of inclusivity and recent EU Web Accessibility Directive regulations.

 

 

 

Fast code fixing and free quality control

 

Since the EU Web Accessibility Directive calls public and private sector organizations to have accessible websites WBS offers fast code fixing according to the regulations of the Directive. Monitoring and evaluation stipulated by the EU Directive is scheduled for the beginning of 2020. Our IT developers are professional Web designers with excellent skills in Accessibility, UX design and SEO optimization. We can make your web site accessible in a very short notice for the best price on the market. Moreover, we provide actual testing by people with visual impairments. Our Quality control is based on international and European standards, WCAG 2.0, EN301549, ATAG, WAI-ARIA, and local guidelines. Besides, we developed further requirements for clients wishing to go further than the basic level. WBS is offering free quality control for all of our clients throughout a year!

 

 

 

Legislation

 

In October 2016 the EU parliament approved a Directive on Web Accessibility that had been worked on since 2012. The directive will become law in all EU-countries by mid 2018.

If your organization has ever cooperated or cooperates with public sector (food, transportation, finances etc), the directive states that you must:

  • Make sure your website, intranets and apps comply with web accessibility standards
  • Provide a feedback mechanism where anyone can notify you of failures to comply with the accessibility standards.
  • Regularly provide a detailed accessibility statement on your compliance, using a template from the EU Commission.

Since the directive is currently being transposed into a law in each EU country, not conforming to it will literally mean you’re breaking the law. Details about the actual consequences are decided by each country’s authorities and may differ between countries.

Deadlines:

  • 23 September 2018 – deadline for countries to have put laws and regulations in place to comply with the directive.
  • 23 September 2019 – all new websites (created after 23 September 2018) need to be accessible
  • 23 September 2020 – all websites (not just new ones) need to be accessible
  • 23 June 2021 – all mobile apps need to be accessible

This does not mean you can wait until 2019 to address this. Accessibility is a team effort that involves developers, designers, publishers, executives...well basically everyone. If you’re not working actively with accessibility now, it will take time and energy to make accessibility part of your processes and increase the knowledge of your organization.

For most organizations we’ve worked with, it takes about a year of calendar time to put the right strategies in place to become successful with accessibility. So get started in time!

 

 

 

SEO optimization and UX design

 

It is no longer a secret that Accessible websites score better in search engines such as Google and Yahoo. Moreover, Accessibility is one of the criteria of achieving an excellent user experience of your website. And again it applies to all users, including those with good eyesight. Read more about Google policies on accessibility: https://www.google.com/intl/en-GB/accessibility/

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