News. Streaming videos. Online shopping. Email communication. Sports scores. Facebook updates.
Whatever content brings a person to the Web is content that should be made accessible to anyone on the Web, including people with a disability. Despite the millions of people with disabilities, most websites and Web software create barriers that make it difficult for this growing group of people to access content.
The good news is that there’s a Java text editor that makes creating accessible content a breeze. And that Java text editor is called EditLive!
Built as a Java applet — and integrated as software into leading Web content management systems, learning management systems and email marketing services — EditLive! automates the accessibility compliance function. This gives content authors around the globe the ability to:
- address the specific needs of all Web users,
- extend their audience,
- enhance the user experience, and
- minimize the chance of violating any compliance regulations (e.g., Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and U.S. Section 508 Guidelines).
More good news about EditLive! is that the Java text editor addresses accessibility issues before content is ever published. It also helps Web designers, Web developers and content authors to create compliant, accessible websites by:
- Checking accessibility compliance as you type. In the same way a spell checker works, authors can easily see things such as images missing alternative text, inaccessible tables and other accessibility issues in their content.
- Simplifying the ability to create accessible tables. With the convert-to-percentage-widths features, authors can create relative-sized tables with one click. EditLive! also comes with a table accessibility inspector and table accessibility wizard that help you apply the right header and data cell relationships.
- Inspecting content based on a report identifying accessibility errors. Manually checking accessibility ensures compliance with WCAG and Section 508 guidelines.
- Providing compatibility with assistive technologies like the JAWS (Job Access With Speech) computer screen reader program for MS Windows.
Accessibility compliance is also critical if organizations want to reach all facets of their target markets. To create the most value, businesses need to be careful not to prevent anyone from accessing their websites.
For more information on the newly released EditLive! 9, continue to read the Ephox Blog or visit the website product pages.