Vermont Business Magazine In COVID times we’ve all experienced an abrupt shift to relying on web-based tools and services in our day-to-day lives. Now, more than ever, websites and web applications need to be available for everyone, regardless of ability. The importance of accessing critical services like healthcare, banking, and education via the web has increased significantly; the need for digital accessibility has never been more apparent.
Accessible Web, an organization of web accessibility experts located in Burlington, VT, recognizes the challenges that organizations are having with navigating the complexities of online ADA compliance and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and is excited to announce the release of their flagship product. Accessible Web Console is a suite of tools designed to help teams discover, understand and resolve web accessibility issues.
“Our local web agency has been working towards building fully accessible websites since 2016. We quickly realized that there wasn't a tool or service on the market that could help our team learn and implement web accessibility best practices on our clients' websites. We decided in 2018 to form a new business and build that tool.” said Peter Jewett, Founder & CEO of Accessible Web.
Accessible Web Console centralizes accessibility work into one user-friendly platform that makes conforming to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) approachable. Its automated web page monitoring system, customer issue-tracking, remediation task management and user experience (UX) testing all help pinpoint, explain and address accessibility barriers. By partnering with local members of the community to test websites with assistive technologies, Accessible Web can ensure that users with disabilities have barrier-free experiences.
Whether you’re building a new website from scratch or in a hurry to get your current website updated, Accessible Web guides organizations on the path to accessibility with a combination of automated tools, expert accessibility specialists and user testing with assistive technologies. Clients can be confident that WCAG standards are met in the correct way rather than be bogged down or overwhelmed with interpreting the complicated set of technical website rules.
“WCAG isn’t exactly common knowledge; it takes a long time to understand the intricacies of the success criteria and how to update your website so that it conforms to these standards. The goal with Console is to make the process of finding, understanding and fixing accessibility issues as easy as possible” said Pete Bruhn, the organization’s co-founder & Lead Accessibility Specialist.
Accessible Web Console, a subscription based software, is now available and includes a free 14-day trial. A Customer Success Representative will assist with the onboarding process to ensure that new accounts are configured correctly, as well as to help build a customized plan towards WCAG conformance.
Accessible Web Console’s features include:
- Automatic page scanning & monitoring of common accessibility issues
- Remediation task system turns issues into actionable tasks
- A11Y Partner program provides an expert Accessibility Specialist to help monitor work and keep it on track
- Accessibility Website Badge to allow visitors to see the work an organization is doing/has done to their website or app
- Accessibility policy helps showcase your dedication to inclusion and gives context to your organization’s accessibility goals
- User issue reporting allows users to submit issues in real-time
- Accessibility log provides a timeline of the work done to achieve accessibility
ABOUT ACCESSIBLE WEB
Accessible Web began as a service-focused organization providing WCAG audits & certifications. Today, Accessible Web has transformed into a SaaS business with its new product, Console; a suite of accessibility tools designed to help identify, understand and resolve accessibility issues at the source. Partnered with their supporting services, they help organizations build a sustainable path towards WCAG conformance, accessibility & usability.
Source: Burlington 10.13.2020. Accessible Web. For more information, visit https://accessibleweb.com.