Feeds

WiderWeb promises accessible net

Sorts wheat from chaff for surfing joy

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Power of One Infographic

Moore Innovations has launched WiderWeb, a DTI-backed web accessibility tool that can transcode a website into a more accessible format, in real time.

Web accessibility is something of a controversial issue among Reg readers, with the severity of complaints running across the full spectrum: everything from the everyday annoyance of a particular site not supporting your preferred browser or the irritation of Flash designs, through to a site being totally unusable for a websurfer with poor eyesight, for example.

In the UK, the Disability Discrimination Act requires that all websites be made accessible to people with disabilities, in accordance with W3C deployment guidelines. Ed Moore argues that many people are totally unaware of these rules, others don't have the time or money to comply, and still others just find it all a bit confusing. Whatever the reason, compliance is generally poor.

There are two versions of the product available, one for enterprise scale organisations and one for smaller webhosters. The first is a fully managed service that can be customised, and is run by Moore Innovations. The second is a simplified version which webhosters can resell to individual site owners, and involves adding a button to the home page that says: "Click here for an accessible version".

The button directs page requests through WiderWeb's gateway. WiderWeb then requests a page on the user's behalf and translates it into an accessible version. Subsequent page requests in the session are automatically directed through the gateway.

"Only the entity that runs the service has the responsibility to be accessible. If you as a site owner want to be accessible but you use a content management system that won't have the hooks in place for 12 months then what can you do? Website owners just pay a monthly fee, we enable their site on the gateway and they can then provide a link back themselves through it," says Ed Moore, MD of moore Innovations.

WiderWeb features include tTidying code to XHTML, ALT tag insert, frame removal and a user selectable presentation format overlay. It also removes Javascript from the client and runs it at WiderWeb. Still, nothing is perfect and WiderWeb can't handle Flash very well, but then, who can? ®

Related stories

Retro thinking will save the net
Text is best for website accessibility
PDF tagging for the blind

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330
If the person in front reclines their seat, this could get interesting
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill
Just 49 MPs oppose Drip's rushed timetable
Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN
Exec finds stream speed climbs when smuggled out
Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations
Vows to uphold 'zero tolerance' policy on underage workers
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Mobile application security vulnerability report
The alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, and the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.