Accessibility Starts With Structure
Digital Accessibility means removing barriers so that people with disabilities can interact with documents, websites, and other information technology. Today, many tools exist that enable people with blindness, low vision, or learning disabilities to access and read documents, websites, and other sources of information. All users can now have equal access to information and functionality.
DCL provides organizations with the expertise and capabilities to enhance your existing content to assure a good reading experience and comply with the law. Additionally, structuring content to make it accessible for all also improves online discoverability because after all, computers are also visually impaired!
Headings are used by assistive technology (AT) for easier navigation through a document
Text language is specified
Link annotation and structure provide information without clicking through
Alt text on images to describe visuals in a meaningful way
Not only is accessibility a legal requirement for some content, but also it makes good business sense!
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DCL expertise across formats and standards
Alt Text: Descriptive text for images and other non-text items that improve accessibility and facilitate content discovery and voice search.
DAISY: The Digital Accessible Information System is a technical standard for audiobooks, periodicals, and digital text.
EPUB3: XML-based eBook format independent of a specific platform, developed and maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). EPUB3 inherently supports accessibility if structured properly.
HTML5: The fifth and latest major HTML version that is a W3C recommendation.
MathML: The mathematical markup language for describing mathematical notations and capturing structure in documents with complex math and chemical equations.
NIMAS: The National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard is a provision of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act that details how publishers provide accessible curricular materials to students in grades K-12.
Section 508: The Federal Law that is part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which established guidelines for technology accessibility.
WCAG 2.1: The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines published by the W3C that specify how to make content accessible.