Perspective Tester is a consultancy focused on helping corporations comply with legal accessibility requirements. These requirements exist under federal laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 508, as well as state laws like the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).
Determining compliance with these laws requires technical expertise with HTML and Assistive Technologies used by people with disabilities. The process involves manual testing that cannot be duplicated through automation. Our team is made up of experts in this work, including people with disabilities who rely on Assistive Technology to navigate the web.
Clients trust us to guide them to a legally compliant level of accessibility. The services we provide to achieve this depend on a number of factors, including the amount of activity and updates being made to a website, the internal resources available to the client and the project timeline. The work consists of three phases: Assessment, Remediation and Monitoring.
We perform compliance audits using the evaluation methodology recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), industry best practices, and our learned experience. We navigate websites, apps, and documents using Assistive Technology and identify areas that do not meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
The WCAG have been around as long as the Web itself. These standards make it possible for third party devices and user agents to navigate the HTML upon which the Web is built. This includes labels and alternative descriptions for non visual users, clear navigation mechanisms, context and orientation and appropriate markup. These standards are constantly being improved upon by the World Wide Web Consortium. The current standard is WCAG 2.1 and we work toward this conformance unless otherwise directed.
Accessibility is about the ability of assistive technologies to navigate a website, app or document. Most often, this involves the use of a screen reader. There are many types of screen readers, but the most commonly used are JAWS and NVDA. But there are other assistive technologies being used and it’s important to understand them to obtain a clear picture of what accessibility really means.
The simplest way to understand it is to imagine navigating a website with a keyboard. The ability to not rely on a mouse or track pad is the core of accessibility in action. Other tools used by people with disabilities include contrast adjusters and screen magnifiers, as well as braille readers and “sip and puff” straws.
When we perform our testing we utilize several assistive technologies as well as device and browser combinations. The latest iteration of the WCAG standards focused in a large part on mobile users. As phones become more prevalent, it is critical we ensure navigation through them is possible for people with disabilities. Our assessments cover all of these user scenarios to ensure true accessibility is achieved.
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