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Overview

QA Consultants is an Industry Leader in WCAG Conformance Testing

Our experienced compliance solutions teams ensure that an organization’s website content and user interface complies with the principles of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. We apply our proven tested methodology, pre-built test cases, and industry expertise to quickly and effectively evaluate a website and determine risks and ideal fixes.

Specialized WCAG 2.0 Accessibility Testing Practice includes:
• Strong and deep pool of Accessibility Testing QA and Consulting (SME) Resources
• Deep knowledge and understanding of the WCAG 2.0 guidelines
• Strong experience delivering WCAG conformance testing services to various clients including Ontario government agencies, Fortune 500 corporations, web design agencies, etc.
• Proven methodology for bringing web content up to conformance
• Advanced and industry-leading testing techniques which optimize efforts and timelines
• Utilize a real-user environment with the appropriate hardware, software, tools and process that emulates the environment in which people with disabilities operate
• Provide detailed reporting which enables concise and focused code changes to address defects and ensure client WCAG conformance
• Specialized solution model which guides clients through the WCAG 2.0 conformance process, including working with creative and web design agencies, development teams, etc.

QA Consultants is the first and leading provider of compliance testing to meet the Government of Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The Act’s objective is to make websites and applications accessible to users with various disabilities (auditory, visual, cognitive and motor) through the application of user interface (UI) standards and incompatibilities with a third-party application.

AODA MandateThe AODA mandate commenced on January 1, 2012, and applies to all private and public organizations that provide goods and services to the public. Our experienced compliance solutions team ensures that an organization’s website content and user interface complies with AODA’s requirements – following the principles of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. We apply our proven testing methodology, pre-built test cases and industry expertise to quickly and effectively evaluate a website and estimate potential risks and ideal fixes.

Key Features

WCAG 2.0 and W3C

WCAG 2.0 is an internationally accepted standard for web accessibility developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international team of experts.

WCAG sets out guidelines for organizations to make their websites more accessible. The guidelines cover things like:
• Writing web content in clear language
• Providing alternate text for images, or
• Making sure someone can navigate your website with just a keyboard
• Each guideline has three levels of accessibility: A, AA and AAA
• Level AAA is the highest level of accessibility; level AAA requires conformance at all 3 levels (A, AA, AAA)
• Level AA requires conformance at both A and AA

4 Foundational WCAG 2.0 Principles for Web Content Access & Use

1. Perceivable – Information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive
• This means that users must be able to perceive the information being presented (it can’t be invisible to all of their senses)
2. Operable – User interface components and navigation must be operable
• This means that users must be able to operate the interface (the interface cannot require interaction that a user cannot perform)
3. Understandable – Information and the operation of user interface must be understandable
• This means that users must be able to understand the information as well as the operation of the user interface (the content or operation cannot be beyond their understanding)
4. Robust – Content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies
• This means that users must be able to access the content as technologies advance (as technologies and user agents evolve, the content should remain accessible)
• If any of these are not true, users with disabilities will not be able to use the Web

Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools

Web accessibility evaluation tools are software programs or online services that help determine if a web site is accessible.

What evaluation tools can do:
• Web accessibility evaluation tools can reduce the time and effort required to carry out evaluations.

The following are ways in which tools can assist users in evaluating web sites for accessibility:
• Determine the conformance of web sites to accessibility checks which can be executed automatically;
• Effectively assist reviewers in performing accessibility checks which need to be evaluated manually.

What evaluation tools cannot do:
• Many accessibility checks require human judgement and must be evaluated manually using different techniques.
• Evaluation tools are prone to producing false or misleading results such as not identifying or signal incorrect code.
• The results from evaluation tools should not be used to determine conformance levels unless they are operated by experienced evaluators who understand the capabilities and limitations of the tools in order to achieve accurate results.

Web accessibility evaluation tools cannot determine the accessibility of web sites, they can only assist in doing so.

Key Benefits

WCAG Compliance Package

QA Consultants offers an A Level and AA Level AODA compliance audit special for $10,000 per website.

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