The goal of IDA is that all people, regardless of their disability, age or their problems accessing the web from unconventional technologies, can navigate through the pages of http://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org without encountering access barriers.
In order to provide accessible contents, IDA commissioned Technosite, a company specializing in technology and disability of Fundación ONCE, a web accessibility audit.
Accessibility Guidelines cited, show three levels of accessibility:
- Level A: is a basic requirement for some groups of users. Failure to comply would prevent access to information of some people.
- Level AA: its aim is to remove significant access barriers. Failure to comply could make it difficult for some people to access the information.
- Level AAA: improves the accessibility, but failure to comply with it would not prevent users to access the information.
The website of International Disability Alliance meets the level of conformity set out in the Accessibility Guidelines for Web Contents 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), World Wide Web Consortium in their level Double A.
Some of the features that have been implemented in the IDA site to allow your access to all contents of the web more easily are:
- The visual features of the portal (font, font color, screen, etc.) have been defined by the style sheet so that the user can adjust the text to his/her preferences.
- The font sizes have been defined with relative units so that one can expand or decrease the font size from the browser options.
- If a user accesses the IDA website with a browser that does not support style sheets or scripts, it won´t present problems, because one can still access all the contents.
- The pages have a clear structure for both the user who can see all the contents, as for those who read the information with a screen reader and users who turn off the style sheet, etc. The definition of the section headings, lists and all the elements that help the general understanding of the website was done to achieve this purpose.
- The HTML and CSS code of the pages conform to the formal grammar to guarantee the correct display of the contents in different browsers.
You can find more information on accessibility options in the browsers, here.