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Why Rich Text Editing Technologies Must Address Web Accessibility Issues
 

Why Rich Text Editing Technologies Must Address Web Accessibility Issues

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For some time now, rich text editing tools have helped authors create great looking content. Today, the most advanced technologies allow users to perform a host of additional functions. Before content ...

For some time now, rich text editing tools have helped authors create great looking content. Today, the most advanced technologies allow users to perform a host of additional functions. Before content is published, a good editor will address accessibility compliance issues, such as ensuring content is compatible with assistive technologies. Learn more about our Rich Text Editing solutions by visiting http://ephox.com/.

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    Why Rich Text Editing Technologies Must Address Web Accessibility Issues Why Rich Text Editing Technologies Must Address Web Accessibility Issues Presentation Transcript

    • WHY RICH TEXT EDITING TECHNOLOGIES MUST ADDRESS WEB ACCESSIBILITY ISSUES
    • WHY RICH TEXT EDITING TECHNOLOGIES MUSTADDRESS WEB ACCESSIBILITY ISSUES  The most advance technologies allow users to perform a host of additional functions  Before publishing content, editor will address accessibility compliance issues, such as ensuring content is compatible with assistive technologies  Web accessibility seeks to enable anyone with disability to access the internet and websites
    • WHY RICH TEXT EDITING TECHNOLOGIES MUSTADDRESS WEB ACCESSIBILITY ISSUES  Three ways a website can respond to specific disability:  Zooming, enlarging text, changing contrast and adjusting colors – help visually impaired users see more content  Alternative input devices can be used for those who cannot operate a mouse  Hard-of-hearing individuals can be accommodated so they don’t rely on sound
    • WHY RICH TEXT EDITING TECHNOLOGIES MUSTADDRESS WEB ACCESSIBILITY ISSUES Regulations Impacting Web Accessibility  Section 508 of 1973 Rehabilitation Act requires federal government to develop, maintain, use and procure electronic goods and services full accessible to disabled employees and members of public  Regulations has extensive reach beyond federal government. It binds states as well as businesses providing communication goods and services to the government  As a result of Section 508’s ubiquity, companies not doing business with government have adopted web accessibility policies
    • WHY RICH TEXT EDITING TECHNOLOGIES MUSTADDRESS WEB ACCESSIBILITY ISSUES Regulations Impacting Web Accessibility  Globally, several governments have developed the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
    • WHY RICH TEXT EDITING TECHNOLOGIES MUSTADDRESS WEB ACCESSIBILITY ISSUES Why Web Accessibility is so Important in Rich Text Editing  Using rich text editing tools to improve web accessibility is crucial for two reasons:  Disabled persons have the right to access the same content as everyone else  Enhancing web accessibility creates value for the business  Businesses can significantly extend their audience reach  Rich text editing tools that automate web accessibility compliance can promote better consistency for company’s brand  Enhances users website experience and minimize the potential for legal action due to accessibility or regulation issues
    • WHY RICH TEXT EDITING TECHNOLOGIES MUSTADDRESS WEB ACCESSIBILITY ISSUES Web Accessibility Remains a Problem  The percentage of inaccessible websites is still estimated by the WCAG to be over 90%. Figure remains high including numerous government websites  Web accessibility must begin at initial phase of web design project  Developers need to provide accessible platform from the start  Web authors must use a proven rich text editing tool with accessibility compliant features for ongoing content editing and creating
    • ABOUT THE AUTHOR  Tom Smith is VP Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Ephox Corporation, a fast-growing software company focused on delivering content performance solutions for developers, marketers, authors and web production teams. Learn more about our Rich Text Editing solutions by visiting http://ephox.com/.