So many organizations I speak with think web accessibility is “too difficult”, “too time consuming” or “too costly.” All too often they ignore the business benefits associated with creating accessible content – extending their reach to over 20% of the web audience with some disability. It’s important to realize that accessibility is about more than providing access to those without hearing or sight. It’s also about providing very able people with content they can use. On a personal note, this includes my grandfather whose hands aren’t as steady as they once were and can’t easily click on small links or me when I take my glasses off and need to ensure pages zoom correctly.
EditLive! has a long history with web accessibility standards. We first introduced accessibility checking in 2005 with EditLive! 5. In 2009 EditLive! 6.7 became the first rich text editor with accessibility check-as-you-type and specific table accessibility tooling. Last year, Ephox introduced Hawq to guard against site errors including accessibility issues. Now in EditLive! 9 we’re again demonstrating our commitment to accessibility with an update of our accessibility checker to the latest W3C accessibility standards.
EditLive! 9 updates both EditLive!’s accessibility reporting features and accessibility check as-you type functionality to be compliant with version 2.0 of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines from the W3C. This is in addition to EditLive!’s support of the USA’s Section 508 guidelines. Accessibility compliance doesn’t need to be too hard or too time consuming. Using EditLive!’s accessibility check-as-you-type functionality makes accessibility checking as easy as spell checking. These simple inline checks enable content creators to recognize and fix common accessibility errors with images, rich media and tables. These errors – alternative text on images, captions on video and header/data mappings for tables – are often the most time consuming to resolve after the fact but simple to resolve when content is being created.
The accessibility report provides detailed accessibility testing and built in accessibility advice for content creators. Reporting is provided for WCAG 2.0 A and AA compliance and Section 508 guidelines. Users are provided with a detailed list of automatic tests and manual checks relevant to their content. All tests are provided with a detailed explanation of the relevant guidelines and link to best practice advice on how to resolve any issues.
Universal access to your web content delivered through WCAG 2.0 A and AA can enable you to reach as much as 20% more of the market than non-accessible competitors. With its built in accessibility advice EditLive! 9 reduces the cost to create accessible content by enable authors to remove errors as they’re creating their content. It provides detailed advice, giving users accessibility options they can understand and implement.