As part of our website accessibility work the Akira Studio Team has been working with The Lithuanian Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired to ensure our WCAG projects are accessible and compliant.
Special thanks to Paulius our developer for championing this work. Below is a review of our latest municipal project http://www.ingersoll.ca/ from the association:
2014 Ingersoll Website - ACCESSIBILITY REVIEW
Structure - Sections - Information
Usually, when visiting a new website, it takes time to understand the structure of it and find the best way how to travel through the blocks of information. The larger a website is, the more time it takes to understand how it is built and where the information is I need.
During my first visit to ingesoll.ca, at the beginning of the website I found a guide of main website sections.(PRESS TAB 6 TIMES TO VIEW ACCESSIBILITY ZONING MENU) Each page of this website has it and it makes so much easier and faster to browse the website. I can quickly jump through main areas (content area, left side section, footer, etc.) without need to go through all the content of one section to reach another one. This is really comfortable!
On many websites, their owners and developers don’t pay much attention on textual descriptions of graphics (photos, pictures, illustrations). Daily, when browsing world wide web, I’m facing websites graphics descriptions like “image1”, “phot36”, “icn405” and similar. (such descriptions says nothing to a blind visitor).
On the ingersoll.ca website I found very well described graphical elements, for example: “graphic of person with recycling bin and trash bin” or “shovel with a cancel sign over it”. Such detailed descriptions are very rare. Awesome!
Also, it must be mentioned, all active/clickable elements like links, buttons and everything else you can push are also accessible (well textually described).
Other accessibility features
On the website I found some accessibility features, which are not necessary for me as a fully blind person, but are very useful for low-vision people. I work as a part time instructor to help people who just lost (or partially lost) the ability to see. During my instructor practice, I’ve noticed that low-vision people often find very hard to read bigger pieces of text (they call it “eye burning”).
ingersoll.ca has screen reader application which is a great help for low-vision people: they select a topic or text of their interest, then click play button and listen audio version of selected text. No more “eye burning”!
Text re-sizer is also a helpful feature helping for low-vision people to enlarge the text if it is too small to read.
Although the website ingesoll.ca is large with a lot of information in different levels, I found comfortable to browse it, could easily find all the information I wanted which was presented in a really understandable way for a blind person.
Artūras Lenkšas - IT specialist - Disability: Full Blindness
“Lithuanian Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired”