508 Compliant cont.

Here we would like to continue with some of the very important features that must be discussed if you want to have a full discussion on the matter. There is not one that is more important than the next. They are all important to the structure of a flourishing awareness of online accessibility issues and making web content accessible to everyone.

•    Speed: Organizations that maintain a limited online presence can usually make their site accessible quite easily due to the small number of pages that need to be addressed. Organizations with hundreds or thousands of pages find this task of identification and repairs quite daunting very quickly. Of course, any thorough accessibility audit and repair process requires a combination of automation and human intervention. DiamondTM is able to spider through thousands of pages and only red-flag which pages possess infractions. This maximizes the automated portion and focuses the human intervention only on the pages with infractions and also provides the tools to address them efficiently.

•    Prioritization of Infractions: Not all accessibility issues are created equal, and if an organization has a fixed amount of time and resources, it should be able to identify and address the issues that generate more benefits when fixed than other issues. DiamondTM has a triage scale that is used to prioritize this for clients.

•    Collaboration: DiamondTM is offered on a flexible platform that allows teams to better collaborate when addressing hundreds or thousands of pages. This project management feature is crucial when many resources, many pages, and a short timeline collide together. Oftentimes, overlaps and double diagnoses or fixes happen because of a lack of a project management collaboration feature. DiamondTM provides this important feature to save your organization’s time and resources.

•    Tools: 508Compliant has developed tools that enable organizations to analyze accessibility rapidly and easily. We provide the demo version of these tools for free at the tools section. For example, the DOJ’s Section 508 Self – Evaluation question 8 it asks “Is the page capable of being understood and navigated even if users do not have the ability to identify specific colors of differentiate between colors?” The hint that is offered is “Two simple ways of testing a web page to determine if color is used appropriately is by viewing the page on a black and white monitor, or by printing it out on a black and white printer.” We believe that both of these approaches are inadequate. Not many organizations still use black and white monitors and printing out and reviewing thousands of pages would be quite tedious. 508Compliant has developed tools that enable organizations to look at a web page in black and white, with the style sheet disabled, etc. to expedite this process.