Popular Site Mashable: Web Accessibility Matters

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Has your organization given much thought to web accessibility? Mashable, one of the leading websites for technology and digital news, recently featured an in-depth article about the many challenges that blind users may face while accessing the web. "Blind Community Fights for a More Accessible Web" makes a strong case for web accessibility and the many legal and technological implications. Meredith Ballard, a blind university student at Appalachian State University, notes the need for awareness about the problem of inaccessible web sites: "It's something that's not on people's radars, and I don't necessarily blame them for that. But if you're serious about your business, you should be working at this. It's not an unsolvable problem."

Solving the problem of web accessibility

Creating awareness about web accessibility has long been our mission at Deque, and as the article points out, it's the greatest challenge to solving the problem.  Jonathan Lazar, a computer science professor focused on web accessibility, points out:  "The technology is there. The battle has been getting websites to comply."  Once businesses decide that website accessibility is important to them and to their customers, there are many technological solutions available to remediate issues. Deque, as website accessibility consultants and experts in the field, has developed several advanced tools to test for accessibility issues and easily make them accessible to all users. But the first step of solving the problem is realizing you have a problem. If you need to make the rest of your organization aware about the importance of web accessibility, this would be an excellent article to share.

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For over fifteen years, Deque has been helping major corporations, government agencies, and other organizations ensure that their websites and mobile apps are accessible to everyone. We have more than fifteen years of history of serving the federal government, including undertaking the biggest accessibility program that's occurred in the United States government or anywhere. Deque also works with .edu's and mission-focused nonprofits to ensure that their materials and systems are usable and barrier free for users with disabilities. The company invented the first accessibility plug-in software, the first web-based testing platform, and the first server-based accessibility solution. All of these have been created in the service of helping our customers become accessible, advance the goals of their organization, and remove barriers for all users on the web.

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