IBM Launches Free Toolkit to Increase Internet Accessibility
To determine how accessible apps are, IBM has created a free toolkit and accessibility checker to offer solutions for developers to make their products more accessible.
IBM’s Equal Access Toolkit provides guidelines for developers to follow when designing apps or websites, and its Checker determines accessibility pitfalls of any new product. At each stage of production, the toolkit assesses a developer’s creation to personally recommend ways to create a more inclusive experience. The tools were designed to increase accessibility on an internet where 98% of websites have at least one accessibility error.
“IBM’s long and storied history with diversity and accessibility has taught us that incorporating those aspects into our work creates better innovation and outcomes,” the company said. “We understand it is not always easy to find the best practices or guidance to fully understand or test accessibility solutions. This is why we wanted to establish an open source platform that empowers offering teams to conceive, design, develop, ship, and report on their accessible offerings regardless of their accessibility expertise.”
The Council commends IBM for their commitment to ensuring that technology is accessible to all. Read more from The Next Web.