Why Web Access Pro
Web Access Pro is a chrome extension to analyze websites to determine compliance with accessibility guidelines. Items found to be non-compliant will be flagged and a reference that indicates a possible fix will be available. In this way. the extension can be used to help designers and developers build websites with accessibility in mind. This allows those with disabilities access to the content being presented.
In 2020, 98% of U.S. websites were determined to be non-compliant with accessibility standards.
Although in the U.S., the Americans with Disabilities Act celebrated a 30 year anniversary recently and it was applied to all electronic and information technology in 2010, the scope of the problem shows that we are not doing enough to serve those with disabilities.
The ADA prohibits discrimination against those with disabilities to ensure equal rights and opportunities for those with and without disabilities. This covers all sectors as well as public and private entities.
While the ADA did not offer specific guidelines for website compliance, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) created by the nonprofit World Wide Web Consortium are a reference for understanding digital accessibility. In the United States, without an ADA-compliant website a business will be open to lawsuits. Internationally, the guidance is that most websites should follow WCAG 2.1 guidelines; however, laws and consequences differ from country to country.
U.S. companies have been inundated with lawsuits in the past several years...while it is difficult to determine with precision the number of cases that have been filed, they have increased 75 percent...in 2020―and the numbers are steadily rising. The cases target all manner of business across a wide range of industries. ADA Website Litigation Continues to Proliferate in 2021, National Law Review
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Equal access to information was a foundational tenet to the web when it was introduced to the world. Web Access Pro helps us move towards this vision. With 20% of the global population affected by disability, although not necessarily a disability that impairs the use of the internet, it is important to not exclude a significant portion of the population from our content. Accessible design is not only good design but good business.
Web Access Pro was developed in conjunction with Unoia Tech as part of the suite of projects offered by Designers Learn Code. One of the missions of Designers Learn Code is to provide HTML and CSS coding education to designers to assist them in creating custom web solutions for their clients. Accessibility training is an important part of this mission.
In the design community, 2021 was a year of focus on accessibility. Designers Learn Code seeks to improve awareness of this issue and Web Access Pro can serve as a tool to help designers, developers, and business owners to help them understand what is needed so that their websites can serve their customers with disabilities better.