Highlight promotes inclusion with website accessibility update

Underline Science recently upgraded its website to achieve WCAG and ADA compliance. New features promote access for people with disabilities, which impacts the user experience of the website.

Striving to lead the way in accessibility, Underline Science recently upgraded its website to achieve full WCAG and ADA compliance. These new features promote equitable access for the visually impaired, hearing impaired, and people with photosensitive epilepsy and ADHD, among other disabilities that impact the website user experience.

Libraries are the cornerstone of access to information and educational materials. As such, equitable access to digital content should no longer be negotiable, but an ethical priority.

As a provider of public digital content to the academic library community, Underline Science aims to promote the fullest use of its resources to the greatest number of people. The new website incorporates AI technology to reduce common barriers that might otherwise impede access to library videos and content for people with disabilities and disabilities. This offers every visitor, student, professor, staff member and researcher equal access to a database filled with scholarly conference presentations.

Governments around the world have recently taken steps to center digital content accessibility for people of all abilities. Laws such as the Accessible Canada Act of 2019, the European Web Accessibility Directive and the European Accessibility Act strive to create an Internet without barriers.

The Underline site is now fully compliant with a series of recent US and Canadian accessibility guidelines, including compliance with WCAG and ADA guidelines. Users can configure the new accessibility widget to suit their personal needs, by clicking the blue icon in the middle left corner of their page.

Some of the metrics readers can enable include:

Anti-epileptic profiles with reduced colors and flashing images Visually impaired profiles with best ARIA behavioral adjustments, enhanced visuals and text size adjustment ADHD-friendly profiles with fewer distractions and a highly focused layout Cognitive disability profiles with assisted reading and simplified layouts Keyboard optimized navigation for users with reduced mobility Content highlighting, to highlight only selected elements Sound muting Print mode A search engine linked to Wiktionary and Wikipedia, so that users with cognitive differences can easily grasp the meaning of sentences, slang and complex terms

These are just a few of the ways users can configure content to meet their exact needs. By putting these users in the driver’s seat of their own search experience, Underline democratizes the search experience like never before.

“The users of university libraries – professors, students, researchers and others – are a microcosm of society at large; a society that has between 10% and 20% of people with disabilities,” said David Parker, director of product management at Underline Science.

“Our website and our product must serve 100% of our community. It’s good social practice and it’s good business,” he adds.

Accessibility focus is also an ongoing process. As such, the site will continue to evolve and grow to stay at the forefront of meeting compliance regulations and user needs.

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Contact information:
Name: David Parker
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Address: 1216 Broadway Avenue Second Floor, New York, New York 10001, USA
Website: https://underline.io

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Daniel L. Vasquez