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Introduction

Announcing WebAlign

Announcing WebAlign

Thousands of organizations are sued every year because their websites are inaccessible to people with disabilities. The ideal solution is to fully build accessibility principles into the development lifecycle, but few organizations ever reach this gold level standard of accessibility. WebAlign changes that.

WebAlign is a fundamentally different way of approaching accessibility. It is a turnkey solution that ensures that your website is fully accessible and that your organization can welcome 47 million new customers with disabilities instead of fear them. Get WebAlign today and make web accessibility easy.

Quick 8-Minute Video Overview of WebAlign

What is WebAlign and Why Do We Need It?

What is WebAlign? WebAlign is a simple framework for understanding web accessibility and ensuring that everyone on you web development team is aligned in the common goal of web accessibility.

WCAG Conformance Used to be Confusing. Web accessibility is pretty easy; mastering the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is not. WCAG's Success Criteria can be vague in some areas and needlessly confusing in others. WebAlign divides WCAG into terse, clear requirements (what we call "Core Concepts") that are then translated into role-specific guidance for creative, technical, and QA portions of your team.

WebAlign is About Alignment of Your Development Process. What's the point of training developers to respect a 4.5:1 contrast ratio for text if the UX team's wireframes were purposely built with a much lower contrast ratio? Or do you really want your developers coming up with alternative text on images, when that should really be the job of your copy authors? WebAlign focuses on how each team member needs to play their role in a team effort to achieve accessibility.

Why is WebAlign More than Just WCAG Training?

WebAlign is Much More than a Training Program. WebAlign isn't a training program, but it can certainly be adapted into one. WebAlign breaks up the WCAG Success Criteria into terse nuggets of actionable "Core Concepts" and then translates those Core Concepts into "Role-Specific Guidance" that different portions of a web development team can act on immediately.

Target Training on What Matters. Different Core Concepts only apply to specific groups. For instance, the rule against content flashing three or more times in one second is critical for graphic designers but not for copy authors. WebAlign's system of checklists means that each team member only receives training for the Core Concepts that are affected by their job.

Train Your Team to Work as a TEAM. WebAlign's Core Concepts and checklists remind team members of their role-- and also how other roles depend on them to do their part. This creates teamwork, accountability, and WCAG 2.1 A/AA conformance.

Why Regular Training Fails. Other training programs fail for two reasons. First, regular training focuses on each part of the development process separately. While this process may be great for teaching UX designers best practices for creating wireframes that can be developed into accessible web pages, they have no guarantee that developers will know how to leverage those great designs in accessible web pages. Second, regular training does not create a system that requires students to immediately apply what they have learned. With WebAlign, training comes in short 10-20 minute segments that students watch while they are doing their job.

Why Converge Accessibility?

Leaders in Accessible Web Lifecycle Development. More than 12 years ago, Jeff Singleton and Ken Nakata were two of the first presenters at the CSUN Accessibility Conference to present on the topic of designing wireframes to enhance accessibility. Building on Ken's thirty years of experience in built environment accessibility work, we knew that too much responsibility for accessible web design was being placed on the shoulders of developers. To draw an analogy to accessibility in the built environment, we reasoned that the current model of web accessibility made no sense; it would be like having architects and building code officials ignore accessibility while placing all of the responsibilities for creating an accessible building on the shoulders of contractors. This led us to create the first precursors of WebAlign.

WebAlign is Now a Proven Model. For the last eight years, we have worked with customers to refine a better approach to web accessibility-- all of which were building blocks towards WebAlign. In the process, we also gained a better appreciation for other areas not often discussed in web accessibility, such as requirements definition and management (RDM) and requirements governance. This led us to create the concept of "Core Concepts" and "Role-Specific Guidance" that comprise WebAlign's role-based framework for web accessibility.

Sounds Great but When and Where Can I Sign Up?

WebAlign is a Great Value. We've worked super-hard and dedicated over 1,500 hours towards creating WebAlign. It includes 88 different training modules based on our Core Concepts model. Each module includes a dedicated, professional quality video that describes each Core Concept and how each of the different stakeholders work together to meet this requirement. It also includes five checklists that meets the needs of almost every organization in achieving web accessibility.

Sign-Up Now! Just go to WebAlign.net to learn more or to sign up for WebAlign today! Take advantage of our automated credit card system on our site if you would like immediate access for you and your web development team.

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