UniDescription
Accessibility Standards

Accessibility Standards

We are committed to ensuring the accessibility of our web and mobile-app content to people with disabilities.

All of the content on our website and in our mobile apps is intended to meet the World Wide Web Consortium Web Accessibility Initiative - W3C WAI's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, Level AA conformance.

To maintain that level of compliance, The American Council of the Blind does periodic Section 508 and WCAG 2.1 AA comprehensive accessibility evaluations of our work using the WebAIM's WCAG 2 Checklist.

Here is the full ACB review in 2020.

Here is the full ACB review in 2019.

The UniDescription Project intends to review its web and mobile-app content as often as resources are available – once a year is the goal – to ensure it is up-to-date and reflects the latest standards as directed by the W3C. This includes a review of the mobile applications linked to the www.UniDescription.org website and promoted by the project for use in delivering Audio Description for blind and low-vision users.

A common topic we get asked about is our machine voice (as in, why do we use that particular one? For the record it is the English, U.S., female voice by the open-source, open-access SVOX Pico engine). We have certain constraints on which voice we can use, based on our funding sources, and their requirements. In short, the voice has to be open-access, in perpetuity (meaning never to incur a cost, which means we can't use Siri, Alexa, etc.), and which also limits the options greatly. It's the best we can find, but if you know of something better, just let us know, and we'll try it.

We try our best to be fully compliant, all of the time, in every line of code. But if you catch any mistake, or if we missed something, please let us know right away via the UniD@hawaii.edu email, and we will do our best to fix it promptly.

The UniDescription Project was last reviewed for WCAG compliance during the week of July 20, 2020.

 

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