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As a website development company, VGM Forbin is always working to create accessible websites for an online audience. One way that we can ensure the best experience possible for individuals of all abilities is to follow Website Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). We’ve recently committed to a Web Accessibility partnership with AudioEye that conforms to WCAG guidelines and will aid us in holding ourselves accountable for digital accessibility. Read this article to see what this means for our websites!

What is WCAG Compliance?

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), created by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), are a set of standards that ensure the Internet is a more inclusive and accessible space for everyone. It’s a set of formal guidelines that allows site owners, writers, designers and developers to create accessible web content for website users of all abilities. The guidelines state that digital content must be perceivable, operable, understandable and robust in order to be accessible to all users. But what does that mean? Our new partner at AudioEye explains it well by saying:

  • Perceivable content means that all users must be able to perceive and understand all digital content and information featured on a website.

  • Operable content means that all users must be able to easily navigate information throughout the website.

  • Understandable means that all users should be able to follow, read and digest digital information displayed on a website.

  • Robust means digital content should be compatible with assistive technologies and should evolve with assistive technologies.

What is AudioEye?

“AudioEye is a technology company providing equal access to digital content. Through patented technology, subject matter expertise and proprietary processes, AudioEye identifies and resolves issues of accessibility on existing websites.

Our technology, team and services create the foundation for sustainable compliance with ADA-related digital accessibility requirements.” 

In other words, AudioEye is a third-party that we’re using to hold us accountable for meeting WCAG and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards. These standards include:

  • Color contrast to allow visually impaired users to read website content

  • Alternative text on links for users to listen to site narrators

  • Ally Toolbar allows organizations to provide their site visitors with a fully customizable user experience that is tailored to their individual needs, regardless of their device type, language preference or preferred method of access

  • And more!

Not a current website customer with VGM Forbin? Talk to us about our ADA and HIPAA compliant website platform!

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