Designers and developers should be better supported when building and maintaining accessible and usable web services and apps . Guidelines and frameworks for accessibility compliance can represent valuable tools to support developers and those who are demanded to take decisions especially at governmental level. So, developers need to have an integrated framework for improving the quality and accuracy of automatic and semi-automatic support to web accessibility assessments, detecting accessibility hurdles and assisting them in repairing accessibility barriers. Additionally, experts and policy makers need advanced hybrid (supporting automatic & manual assessment) solutions enabling fast processing of dynamic content and large volumes of web pages/content and data.
To achieve the goals of WAD, WADcher aims to develop and demonstrate a large scale holistic infrastructure integrating an extended and enhanced set of existing tools for automatic and semi-automatic web accessibility assessment and expert review methods by:
- Integrating a Decision Support Environment (DSE) in the workflow for an easier planning and assessment of web accessibility by web commissioners, web developers, accessibility experts, end users etc. The DSE will aggregate the automatic assessment results and provide them to the users in an effective and usable way.
- Providing standardised APIs to WADcher’s platform for integration with external systems, e.g.,CMSs, where websites are designed and developed or integrated development environments IDEs, where mobile apps are designed and developed. This will allow websites and mobile apps to be made at development time already accessible (born accessible).
- Enhancing quality and accuracy of rules and results of accessibility assessment by using standardised testing frameworks and approaches.
- Involving stakeholders from EU member states to collect user requirements, evaluate and pilot the developed tools.