Project: Evaluating Accessibility

1. Summary

This report describes the conformance of the www.woodwarddrilling.net Web site with W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0. The review process is described in Section 5 below and is based on the W3C’s Conformance Evaluation method as described in Evaluating Web Sites for Accessibility.

Based on this evaluation, the  www.woodwarddrilling.net  web site  is close to meeting WCAG 1.0, Conformance Level Double A. Feedback on this evaluation is welcome.

2. Background about Evaluation

Conformance evaluation of web accessibility requires a combination of semi-automated evaluation tools and manual evaluation by an experienced reviewer. The evaluation results in this report are based on evaluation conducted on the following date:  July 24, 2014. The Web site may have changed since that time. Additional information on the evaluation process is available in Evaluating Web Sites for Accessibility.

3. Web Site Reviewed

http://www.woodwarddrilling.net

Purpose of site:  Attract new customers in the state of California who need Environmental Drilling, Geotechnical Drilling, Industrial Water Well Drilling. Website provides information about various types of drilling services offered . It is also contains a job application form. Website’s natural language is English.

4. Review Process
5. Results and Recommended Actions.

Priority 1: Provide a text equivalent for every non-text element 

  • Result: Website has 51 images that are missing alt text.
  • Action: Include alt text in images:  example: img src =”link-to-image.jpg” alt=”George Washington”. The alt text should be meaningful in the context of the web page.

Priority 2: Ensure that all information conveyed with color is also available without color, for example from context or markup.

  • Result: 14 text elements should have a reasonable contrast ratio.
  • Action: Make link text darker to meet the guidelines, which is very helpful in making a fast change. Use high contrasting background and text color,preferably light background with dark text.

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Section 508 of the 1988 Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act, which specifies accessibility standards for information technology (like Web sites) that must be met by any vendor that wants to do business with the U.S. government.

6. Resources

Woodward Drilling’s website has a few high priority issues to fix to improve its accessibility, but most seem like pretty easy fixes and nothing too large or widespread.  Even with current technology and standards, it’s possible to make any site more accessible to people with disabilities without a lot of effort. Developers can start by focusing on a few things that will have the most impact. I have selected two things that can be fixed right away : updating their ALT tags and TITLE attributes would take them most of the way there.  As a vendor who might be doing business with the U.S. Government, accessibility  is a requirement and should be a top priority for this website.

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