Adaptivity ~ How It Works
This is a 4 step process, here’s the breakdown:
1. Testing your website to produce a report that we can work from. This tells us if you need remediation, and if so, what we need to do. With the report, we can provide a firm quote.
2. If you need remediation, we first install our Adaptivity Access Interface which takes care of 30% of compliance immediately.
3. Once the Adaptivity Access Interface is installed it will automatically launch our “AI” (artificial intelligence). Our AI scans the website and understands the element structures, button functionalities, and object hierarchies, thus determining their level of significance based on the context in order to make the site accessible. Also, we automatically scan all the images and background images, process them using an AI image recognition technology and provide them with alternative texts (ALT tags). This takes 48 hours and renders your website 96% compliant.
4. Lastly, we manually address any PDF’s, videos and documents to make those compliant. This manual operation is quoted separately and based on time to complete the compliance requirements based on your particular website.
That’s it, at this point we’ve accomplished making your website ADA Compliant according to the WCAG 2.1 A/AA guidelines.
(below we’ve provided a more technical explanation for those wanting to know the details)
The Adaptivity Accessibility Interface
Adaptivity utilizes two components that, together, achieve compliance. The first is our foreground application, the accessibility interface, which is responsible for 30% of the requirements, mostly UI (user interface) and design-related.
Our foreground application handles the UI and design accessibility requirements, allowing persons with specific disabilities to adjust the website’s UI and design to their individual needs. Our solution replaces the old-fashioned method of compromising your site’s design, speed and SEO in favor of accessibility.
Here are some of our interface’s capabilities:
• Font handling – users can increase and decrease font size, change its family (type), adjust spacing, alignment, line height, and more.
• Color handling – users can select various color contrast profiles such as light, dark, inverted, and monochrome. Additionally, users can swap color schemes of titles, texts, and backgrounds, with over 7 different color options.
• Animations – users with epilepsy can stop all running animations at the click of a button. This includes videos, GIFs and CSS flashing transitions.
• Content highlighting – users can emphasize important elements, such as links and titles. They can also highlight particular focused or hovered elements.
• Audio muting – users with hearing devices may experience headaches or other issues due to automatic audio playing. This option allows users to mute the entire website instantly.
• Cognitive disorders – we utilize a search engine that is linked to Wikipedia and Wiktionary, allowing people with cognitive disorders to decipher meanings of phrases, initials, slang, and more.
• Other options – users can change the cursor’s color and sizing, view in printing mode, enable a virtual keyboard, and much more.
Please note: Adaptivity will not change a thing for the majority of users. It will only be activated when turned on via the interface (or by a screen-reader if the user is blind), as an overlay to your website, and only for the user’s specific session. Therefore, Adaptivity won’t affect your design, UI, or performance at all. The entire process is automated, from remediation to becoming compliant. Additionally, we don’t collect user data, so we don’t affect cookie (GDPR) notification compliance.
Browser, OS, and Assistive Technologies Compatibility: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera, Microsoft Edge and I.E 11 or above, JAWS and NVDA (screen-readers), both for Windows and for MAC users.
Adaptivity's Background Application
Our AI runs in the background and optimizes the accessibility level of your website every 24 hours. This AI engine remediates the website’s HTML accessibility issues, as well as functionality and behavior, to the use of blind people using screen readers, and people with motor impairments using a keyboard to operate websites.
• Screen-reader optimization: Our AI analyzes your website’s components top to bottom, thereby providing screen-readers with meaningful data, using the ARIA (accessible rich internet applications) set of attributes. For example, it provides accurate form labels; descriptions for actionable icons (social media icons, search icons, cart icons, etc.); validation guidance for form inputs; element roles such as buttons, menus, model dialogues (popups), and more.
Additionally, our AI scans all of the website’s images and provides an accurate, meaningful image-object-recognition-based description as an ALT (Alternate Text) tag. It also extracts texts that are embedded within the image, using an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology.
Note that Adaptivity will NOT override your ALT tags, titles, or any other manual accessibility work that has been done. We take into consideration that if you’ve made adjustments yourself, it’s probably for a reason.
To turn on screen-reader or keyboard navigation adjustments at any time, click Alt+1 on your keyboard. Screen-reader users receive automatic announcements to turn on these adjustments as soon as they enter your website.
Additionally, keyboard users will find quick-navigation and content-skip menus available at any time by clicking Alt+1. Our AI also handles triggered popups by relocating the keyboard focus onto them as soon as they appear, without letting the focus deviate below the popup, for best orientation.
Adaptivity’s automated service has only a few exceptions. Remediation of PDFs, documents, and multimedia (video/audio subtitles) is priced separately, as the aforementioned are not a part of your codebase. Lastly, if your website has an element that is very unique and does not exist almost anywhere else, such as a quiz, game, ticketing section, map, builder feature or any other rare component, Adaptivity may not be able to fix it, because AI and machine learning technologies depend on a high amount of encounters and data in order to be accurate.
Let's Get You ADA Compliant!
If you’ve spent some time on our website, we’ve explained the Why-What-How of Website Accessibility Compliance. So make the call today and stop your risk of a lawsuit while making your website useable for a market sector you’re not reaching. It’s a WIN ~ WIN!