How web content accessibility supports inclusion

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The International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is held on 3 December each year and it’s a United Nations observed day celebrated internationally. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions.

1WordFlow supports IDPwD and aims to improve the lives of the 4.4 million Australians with disability. 

Our technology turns content – like Word and PDF documents – into inclusive and accessible web pages. At 1WordFlow, we are proud of our web content accessibility features that enable people to read virtual documents in the way that best suits their abilities and preferences. 

We know how important it is to create a seamless customer experience for all web users, as well as giving everyone an equal ability to use and consume web content. Accordingly, all 1WordFlow sites are created with features that maximise usability, readability and accessibility.

The accessibility features of all 1WordFlow sites adhere to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), following the standards set by the world wide web consortium (W3C).  

The purpose of the WCAG standard is to set guidelines for how to make web content more accessible to people with disabilities. This standard of accessibility ensures everyone has an equal ability to use the web and consume content.

Government agencies and organisations that are public-facing are required to follow the WCAG guidelines to provide equal access to all web users. Private businesses, however, are not required to comply with any specific standard. These organisations must simply make their websites ‘accessible’- but what constitutes accessible?

WCAG classifies ‘accessible’ as:

  • Perceivable – Every user, including people with vision impairment, should be able to see and read your website.
  • Operable – All websites need to be responsive and easy to navigate, across multiple browsers and mobile devices.
  • Understandable – All websites should be organised so they are easy to use in a language that most people will understand.
  • Robust – Websites should integrate assistive tools so people with disability can use them more easily. 

With little to no enforcement on WCAG guidelines, many businesses and organisations only do the bare minimum and unfortunately their websites remain inaccessible to many users.  That’s a real shame because our technology makes it so simple and easy and some 18% of the Australian population identifies as having a disability. 

Recognising that people living with disability face barriers daily, we have implemented our suite of accessibility features to break them down, and encourage inclusive online behaviours.

1WordFlow offers WCAG 2.0 as a standard offering, increasing the usability and readability of websites and their content.

Our unique software automatically converts the content in documents to digital web and intranet pages that are WCAG 2.0 compliant. With a single click, content can be transformed to be easily accessible, including:

  • Large print
  • Reverse contrast
  • Bright contrast
  • Text to speech
  • Large cursors
  • Zoom screen

The goal of WCAG, is to provide a shared standard for web content accessibility that meets the needs of everyone. This standard of accessibility ensures that everyone has an equal experience, and everyone has the ability to use the web and consume content.

1WordFlow aligns with this goal and to make sure that our web pages are as inclusive and accessible as possible – our current accessibility features are only the beginning.

We are committed to implementing accessibility features to contribute to permanent positive changes on the web and content landscape. By promoting inclusion and accessibility, 1WordFlow is creating a more user friendly web environment for all.

 

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