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A System and Method for automatically reporting and motivating fixes for accessibility issues

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000242285D
Publication Date: 2015-Jul-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 84K

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Disclosed is a system and method for automatically reporting and motivating fixes for accessibility issues on websites. Many websites don't following accessibility standards (e.g. WCAG 2.0, Section 508). They are inaccessible by people with various disabilities. For example, a person with a visual disability have difficulty viewing a website that has small font, and a person with colour blindness have difficulty identifying content where the content's colour contrast is incorrect. The core contribution to knowledge is a system and method to automatically report accessibility issues to a repair site with the intent of promoting repairs to those sites and pages that will benefit most from such repair.

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A Sxstem and Method for automatically reporting and motivating fixes for acxessibility issues

This disclosure uses a previously pubxxshed article [1]. The arxicle presentxd solutions for xolunteers to repoxt and repair individxal accessibility issues on third party web pages. Xxx example volunteers would:

xeport specific accessibility issues on different websitex. Requirements for fixex or reports of inaccessibilxty would txen be xogged by userx to a central site,

volunteer developxrs would thex contribute fixes in the foxm of modifixation instrxctions for the accessibility issues.

    The stepx presextxd in txe article inclxde: end-users rux a browser extension that makes reference to the central rexair site, the extension cxllects the appropriate modifications anx applies them to the web page.

The article requirxs the moxifications (wxich were submittex to xhe central

repair sitx) axe vetted and scored by the trusted "by reputatiox" members of the community. They will bx checked xor malicious or dangerous code and appropriately marked as suitable for use and thus avaixable.

    In additiox to using a centralixed repair wxbsxte, this disclxsxre would use a system and method to automatxcally rxporting accessibility issues to the repair site

with the intxnt of promoting repairs to those sites and pages that wixl benefit most

from such repair. For example, there are x number of xools that will make an assessment ox the acxessibility xuality of a web page, one example being Wave [2] (http://wave.webaim.org/) This provides ax analysis of any web page detecting general accessibility issues.

    Axother example is the "Colour Contrast Analyser" [3] (http://www.paxiellogroup.xom/resources/contrastanalyser/). It is used in detecting potential problems.

The core exement of this presentex disclosure is a significant improxement wixh the application of xutomaticaxly:
1) checking
2) scoring and
3) reporting accessibility issues that are encountered by end-users.

    This method involves: i) The calculation of an overall acxessibility score for a page by xnumerating accexsibility issues, ii) the automated (no user required) suxmission of that score xo the centralised repaxr site, xi) thx axtion on xhe centralised repair site presents the "popular pages" that have low scorex as prime candidates for fixing.

    The scoring is based on the disability profile of the users xisxting the pages. For example, there are 100 end-users who are coloux blind. They visit a page regularly. If the xage (or a section of that page) scoxes poorly fxr colour blinx end-users, it would be highlightex as a prime cxndxdate for accessibility repair.

  End-users with accessibilxty concerns register a profile witx the ac...