Resources -- Producing an
How Access2online analyzes websites and produces
and PDF documents accessible to the blind begins with a screen reader, a
software program that converts text displayed on a computer into words the
blind can hear. The problem is that we rarely read a website left to right and
top to bottom. We scan across sections and click on links to other pages. The
blind can't do that. Their screen readers need clues embedded in a website's
HTML to tell the blind listener how a web page is laid out. Sometimes it's just
the 20-second task of using an alt attribute attached to an image tag to
describe an image. The blind hear that image description, while sighted folks
don't know or care about alt attributes.
Making such accessibility changes usually leaves the website
looking the same to sighted folks, but the hidden changes make all the
difference in the world to blind folks. So if the needed changes don't bother
anyone and are quick to implement, why don't webmasters just make the changes?
The reason is that webmasters are too busy designing and managing websites to
read 100-page accessibility standards like WCAG 2.0 which can be complex to
understand. That is where Access2online comes in.
begins by making an offline copy of the customer's web pages for our inmates to
work on. This is not a screenshot image; it contains all the native HTML.
Access2online workers then analyze a customer's web page(s) with
software tools that identify violations of Section 508 of the federal
Rehabilitation Act or the WCAG 2.0 accessibility standard. These tools make
sure we don't miss anything, but they often don't say what needs to be done to
fix the problem. Our experienced analysts know how to do that. A missing alt
attribute, for example, would trigger a non-compliance item, but our analyst
would look over the image and provide the words for the alt attribute that
would be most useful for the blind.
The Access2online analyst compiles a recommendation
report one non-compliance item at a time. This report forms a to-do list for
your webmaster. The analyst identifies the location of each item, says a few
words about the violated citation in the Section 508 regulation or the WCAG 2.0
accessibility standard, and details the exact remediation recommended.
Once completed, the recommendation report makes its way back
to the Coordinator, who gives it a quality review. If it passes, the customer
gets an email to check the online status of his task. That task will then have
attached the analyst's recommendation report, along with any clarification