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AET tool for hybrid accessibility evaluation

Abstract

Accessible websites are a necessity for everyone, especially for people with disabilities. However, this is an objective that has not been achieved yet and requires initiatives that continue guiding the way towards an increasingly inclusive web and lowering accessibility barriers. One of the first steps in this regard is to identify the accessibility level of a particular website, and for this purpose, a set of automatic tools and manual instruments have been developed. These tools allow calculating an accessibility level from the expert’s perspective and from the website’s source code using as a reference the accessibility guidelines defined by the W3C. The authors state that evaluating accessibility with just one of these methods is not enough, so therefore its integration is required. This article presents a tool called Accessibility Evaluation Tool, which allows and facilitates the integration of the accessibility evaluation delivered by an automatic validator with the manual evaluation of elements by experts.

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Acknowledgements

This paper is the result of the work developed through the program “Reconstrucción del tejido social en zonas de pos-conflicto en Colombia” with code SIGP 57579 in the context of the project “Fortalecimiento docente desde la alfabetización mediática Informacional y la CTel, como estrategia didáctico-pedagógica y soporte para la recuperación de la confianza del tejido social afectado por el conflicto” code SIGP 58950. Funded within the framework of the call for proposals Colombia Científica, Contract No FP44842-213-2018.

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Londoño-Rojas, L.F., Tabares-Morales, V. & Duque-Méndez, N. AET tool for hybrid accessibility evaluation. Univ Access Inf Soc (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10209-021-00846-8

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Keywords

  • Accessibility
  • Web accessibility
  • Accessibility evaluation
  • Accessibility evaluation tool