Kentico Partners with Bureau of Internet Accessibility
Jan 17, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
Kentico Software, a Web Content and Customer Experience Management provider, announced it has teamed with the Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BoIA) to help make the web more accessible for all users.
"It's been 20 years since the Internet first began gaining traction, and yet most of those with disabilities are still unable to take part in many of the web's opportunities," said Petr Palas, CEO and founder of Kentico Software. "Our goal in partnering with the Bureau of Internet Accessibility is to make it easier for developers and marketers to create highly accessible websites that reach everyone."
According to the PewResearchCenter, only 54 percent of adults living with a disability use the Internet. The BoIA estimates 99 percent of the world's websites are still not accessible to those with special requirements. This includes the 575 million people who have difficulty seeing or hearing, according to the World Health Organization.
In the United States, Kentico said Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act mandates that all electronic Federal information be accessible to those with disabilities. Meanwhile, the World Wide Web Consortium created its own international Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG2) for all websites to abide by regardless of industry or purpose. By integrating the BoIA's web-based accessibility scanning and analysis tool into Kentico's CMS dashboard, Kentico helps users adhere to Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 standards and maintain better business practices.
As part of the complimentary BoIA scan, the Company said users receive reports detailing all discovered issues along with suggested remediation. Results include accessibility grades and seals that can be displayed to demonstrate compliance as well as allow visitors to communicate directly with accessibility personnel. An unlimited number of scans are available to those who upgrade to BoIA's member service.
"Making websites more accessible isn't just a matter of meeting government regulations or avoiding expensive lawsuits, it's a matter of good business and good web citizenry," said Kim Testa, Director of the Bureau of Internet Accessibility. "We believe the web should be made available and highly usable to all, and by partnering with Kentico, we're taking longer strides toward making that happen."
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