For some, landing on a website that automatically plays a sound can be downright annoying. For people with visual impairment who rely on screen readers, having multiple audio sources playing at the same time can make the website impossible to use.
Over the weekend, the Hong Kong government presented awards to 110 businesses and organizations with website and mobile app designs that facilitate access by all, including people with visual, physical, hearing, and cognitive impairment.
The awards, part of the Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme, first began in 2012 to show appreciation for local enterprises and organizations adopting accessible website designs.
“Making websites and mobile apps accessible to all is a win-win solution, not only for building an inclusive society, but also for facilitating business development,” said Susie Ho, Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development and whose policy responsibilities include communications and technology.
Some of the most common problems for people with disability using websites are small font sizes, insufficient colour contrast, non-descriptive images, the use of Adobe Flash and moving objects, complicated navigation, and inadequate amount of time allotted to interact with the web content.
Ho said there was a great response for this year’s awards. A total of 136 websites were awarded, up 90 percent from the previous year. “This reflects the increasing commitment on driving web accessibility by different enterprises,” she said.
The application process for the Scheme began last fall. All entrants were given free assessment and advisory services to enhance their website designs. The websites and mobile apps underwent a re-assessment to determine their eligibility for the awards.
Award winners can now display an accessibility logo on their websites and mobile apps to showcase their achievements in making website content accessible to all.
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