ICT: Web Accessibility for All

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It’s not often that you stop to think about it, but browsing online if you’re partially sighted can be a real headache. Urbilog, a Roubaix based company, has thought about it and since 1998 have dedicated themselves to making the Internet fall within everyone’s reach.

Definite Advantages

Businesses would do well to think about access to their website, in order to avoid “isolating themselves from the entire partially sighted population, and in particular senior citizens’ said Benoît Thieffry, Urbilog’s director. Another very good reason for doing so is that accessibility criteria automatically improve website referencing. Furthermore, it doesn’t cost very much to make a website more accessible provided it is done in the initial design stages. Despite this, web accessibility is still very often overlooked. ”Things have started changing in the last few years,” added Benoît Thieffry, “but not necessarily for the right reasons”. Fear of being hauled up in court for discriminating against the disabled has been more of a driving force for some businesses to improve accessibility to their sites.

Tried and Tested Solutions

Urbilog have developed Ocawa for its customers, site audit software that tests website accessibility using precise reference systems. They’ve also brought out technical solutions to improve accessibility on PC’s and mobile devices (Smartphones, web tablets), such as adding a sound function to a virtual keyboard – for typing personal identification numbers, for instance, to access online accounts. The company’s innovative products have attracted interest from groups such as Orange, IBM and BNP Paribas and make it one of the leading names in the market place today

To find out more: www.jinnove.net

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