What is web accessibility?
Web accessibility is a set of rules, behaviors, code standards, and design guidelines that ensure people
with disabilities, who comprise 20% of the world’s population, can use websites effectively.
To achieve this, the W3C (The World Wide Web Consortium) has created the Web Content
Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1), for direction on how to make websites accessible. These
guidelines have been adopted by governments around the world and have been incorporated into
various legislations such as the ADA, Section 508, and EN 301549.
The WCAG focuses chiefly on three areas of accessibility: 1) blind people using screen readers (e.g.
JAWS, NVDA). 2) people with motor impairments who only use keyboards, and 3) a variety of other
disabilities, including color blindness, epilepsy, and minor visual impairments that mostly concern the
Ul and design of the website (color contrasts, animations, fonts, etc.)
Why use accessibility?
accessWidget’s interface is a session-based design and UI adjustment tool that makes accessibility
modifications based on a user’s individual needs. All adjustments are compliant with WCAG 2.1 AA
accessWidget’s AI machine learning technology uses contextual understanding and computer vision to address the complex, back-end requirements needed for screen reader and keyboard navigation
Users can increase and decrease font size, change type, adjust spacing, alignment, line height,
Users can select various color contrast profiles such as light, dark, inverted, and monochrome.
Additionally, users can swap color schemes of titles, texts, and backgrounds, with over 7 different
Users with epilepsy can stop all running animations at the click of a button. This includes videos,
GIFs and CSS flashing transitions.
Users can emphasize important elements, such as links and titles. They can also highlight
particular focused or hovered elements.