Innovative Island company Wight Computers have developed a fully accessible website using assistive software for Sight for Wight (Isle of Wight Society for the Blind), a local charity who provide information and support to visually impaired people, their families, friends and carers.
A great deal of in-house testing with the latest technology as well as all-important testing by visually impaired individuals was involved before launch. Wight Computers lead software developer, John Collingwood said, “From using a screen reader to describe images, increasing the contrast between elements on the page, to being colour blind aware, we have learnt first-hand the kind of experience the website gives a visually impaired individual.” He added, “We have also included a way to increase the text to the largest size that ensures that the website still looks good.”
Businesses have legal obligations under The Equality Act (2010) to make sure that their business is as accessible and inclusive as possible and new regulations issued by the government have come into force to ensure that public body websites are fully accessible by September 2020. Miriam Tong, CEO of Sight for Wight, said, “It’s really important for us to have an intelligible website as we strive to help people with a visual impairment to maintain independence, learn new skills, and participate in social, physical and educational activities to reduce loneliness and isolation.”
Managing director of Wight Computers, Andrew Nordbruch, commented, “This has been a very exciting project for us as it has given us the opportunity to not only support a fantastic charity but to showcase and further develop our software skills.” He added, “As part of our ongoing commitment to support the local community, we have been pleased to do this work for Sight for Wight at a reduced cost and to have the new site up and running ahead of May 16th which marks Global Accessibility Awareness Day.”