Browsealoud supports ADA compliance for websites

 

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Our web accessibility toolbar supports ADA compliance for websites

Browsealoud is a simple website addition that helps to make your digital content more accessible for all. It does this by providing your visitors with access to supportive features. These features are designed to suit a diverse range of needs, and allow your visitors to personalize how they engage with your digital content. Browsealoud supports ADA compliance by helping you to create inclusive experiences for everyone.

Before we explore Browsealoud in more detail, let’s take a look at what ADA compliance is.
 
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What is ADA and why is ADA compliance important?

 

ADA, or the Americans with Disabilities Act, exists to empower every US citizen with equal opportunities to all areas of public life. Under Title III of ADA, businesses are required to make their “place of public accommodation” accessible to people with disabilities. Since a website is a place of public accommodation, to meet ADA compliance your website must be accessible too.

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1 in 5 Americans have a disability. But often, when organizations talk about their online audience they don’t consider these individuals. Accessibility throughout content and design is often forgotten. Inclusive journeys are often not considered. In fact, when WebAIM analyzed the top one million home pages, almost 98% failed to comply with web accessibility standards.

In today’s world we expect our customers to do more online than ever before. And our customers rely on being able to do so. Inaccessibility not only affects the user experience, it could also mean your business is missing out on engaging with a fifth of your market.

How does Browsealoud support ADA compliance? 

Meeting ADA compliance standards means making your website accessible to every type of user. To help organizations achieve website accessibility, a set of guidelines exist.

The guidelines are known as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, or WCAG. They are built on the POUR principles - Perceivable, Operable, Understandable and Robust. For a website to be truly accessible, it must meet these principles.

Below, we’ve outlined what each of these principles mean. We’ve also included detail around how Browsealoud can support you in achieving each.

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Perceivable

Every element of a website should be able to be perceived by every visitor. This means that content should be transformable between formats. It also considers accessible design elements such as good color contrast and typography choice - elements which make it easier for users to see and hear content.

With Browsealoud you can easily offer your content in multiple formats. For example, Text-to-speech and MP3 Maker transforms written content into an audio format. It also reads alt-tags behind images, to provide oral description to the visually impaired. Browsealoud also supports users to see content. Its Web Page Simplifier removes distracting content. This helps to minimize visual overload. Its Screen Mask feature also helps users with color sensitivities to view content, by allowing them to apply a color overlay.

Supporting features: Hover to speak Icon  MP3 icon  Simplify icon

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Operable

Web content must be able to be accessed by every visitor. This includes people who use adaptive devices, and those who may suffer seizures or physical reactions. It must also be navigable, providing ways to help users find content, and determine where they are.

Browsealoud is fully keyboard accessible. Its Screen Mask feature allows users to dim the screen, whilst Web Page Simplifier removes distracting content - this is beneficial for users who may suffer seizures. When using the Text-to-speech function, content navigation is supported with dual color highlighting. The Screen Mask feature also helps users to focus by providing a reading pane.

Supporting features: Screenmask icon Simplify icon Hover to speak Icon

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Understandable

Content that someone can access is not necessarily accessible. It must be readable and understandable. Factors to consider are the use of language, abbreviations and pronunciations. This principle also considers how intuitive the website is, and whether it acts in a way which users would expect. Additionally, where visitors are asked to input information, input assistance is required to help users avoid and correct mistakes.

Browsealoud supports this principle in many ways because it's customizable to the users needs. For example, to increase readability, users can change the speed and voice within Text-to-speech; enlarge text size with the Magnifier feature; and, translate content into over 100 languages. Browsealoud also enables you as the website owner to set pronunciations - this includes the ability to set acronyms to be read aloud in full. When users input information, being able to have content read aloud to them can help them identify mistakes.

Supporting features: Hover to speak Icon Text Magnifier icon LaTeX icon

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Robust

Each individual accesses the web using technology which suits their needs and preferences. That means your website should be compatible for use across different devices and browsers, including assistive technologies.

Browsealoud works across all common browsers and platforms, and is regularly updated. Browsealoud services are hosted on Amazon, to ensure its features are agile, robust and resilient.

In summary, Browsealoud supports ADA compliance for websites by providing assistive features that...

 
  • Can be customized to suit the needs and preferences of your visitors;
  • Empower your visitors to choose how they interact with your digital content;
  • Supports a diverse online audience including those with hidden disabilities; visual impairments; those who lack basic digital skills; and, English Language Learners;
  • And ultimately, helps you to remove barriers to your online content.
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Allow your online audience to experience the benefits for themselves.

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