'NFB Nonvisual Accessibility Web Certification PDF Print E-mail

'Working with members of the technology community, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has developed a rigorous procedure by which Web sites and applications that have made special efforts to be accessible to the blind can be identified and recognized.

Criteria for Nonvisual Accessibility Certification

Nonvisually accessible, as defined in this program, means that screen access software can obtain sufficient information from the Web application to enable the blind user to:

  • Access information in narratives, databases, forms, charts, maps, and essential information conveyed via graphical presentations without visual assistance
  • Complete transactions that have been identified as primary to the application such as, but not limited to: buying merchandise, completing forms, registering for activities, downloading information, communicating with others, and participating in online educational programs.'

 

The criteria for meeting the Nonvisual Accessibility Certification can be found at: http://www.nfb.org/nfb/certification_criteria.asp?SnID=1870273326

 

Review the list of NFB certified sites at: http://secure.nfb.org/nfbnva/public/certifiedsites.aspx

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Newegg takes the lead in making its web site accessible to blind people

InternetRetailer.com - "The National Federation of the Blind has cited computer products retailer Newegg Inc. as the first online merchant to reach the foundation’s gold-level Nonvisual Accessibility Web Certification in making its retail web site easy to use by blind shoppers.

 

Newegg’s certification, which it achieved after a six-month accessibility project, dispels several myths in the retail industry that making web sites accessible to and usable by blind people is too costly and technologically difficult, says Anne Taylor, the director of the NFB’s accessibility technology team, which works with retailers and technology providers to help make web sites user-friendly for visually impaired people.

“One myth is that a retail web site has to be boring and dull to make it accessible, another is that web site accessibility is too costly,” Taylor says.

Although Newegg is the first to achieve the NFB’s gold-level certification, the retailer is among a growing number of merchants in various stages of making their sites more accessible to people with physical impairments that make it difficult if not impossible to use traditional web sites. "

Published by: InternetRetailer.com

Read the entire article at: http://www.internetretailer.com/dailyNews.asp?id=31393

Date: August 6, 2009

 

 

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