Accessibility is important to support users with limited or challenged vision and deaf users or individuals who are hard of hearing. Compliance standards ensure that users' needs are always supported
- How Imagen is built with Accessibility in mind
- ImagenWeb has alternative text for images. This is important for screen readers
- All buttons include text tooltips and alternative text that is also important for screen readers
- ImagenWeb can optionally enable Google reCAPTCHAv2, whose approach to S508 is documented at Google reCapture
- The Imagen platform provides full support for captioning of media (whether transcript or audio description)
- The platform is primarily about allowing users to find and view media records, and the type and relationship of the information are highly configurable. There is nothing inherent in the platform that breaks Section 508 guidelines, and it is compliant with WAVE (https://wave.webaim.org)
- The platform is highly configurable through themes, so there is great flexibility in providing multiple ways to convey information with colour.
- It is possible to configure the website to play videos upon page load automatically, but this is disabled by default. In any case, playback can be paused through on-screen controls
- ImagenWeb has extensive keyboard support, which allows most common operations to be performed
- All fields can be exited via the Tab key
- Page titles are not mandated in the base product
- HTML elements use the lang attribute
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📕 Further reading:
Section 508 is a piece of federal legislation in the United States that ensures that electronic communications are accessible to users with disabilities.
The Equality Act 2010 (EQA) covers accessibility requirements in the UK. This legislation supersedes the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act but is exempt in Northern Ireland. To comply with the law, UK website owners must make reasonable adjustments to ensure that their web content is accessible to people with disabilities.
The Web Accessibility Directive (Directive (EU) 2016/2102) obliges websites and apps of public sector bodies to meet specific technical accessibility standards. There are a limited number of exceptions that include broadcasters and live streaming.