During the event, the Annual Accessibility Report 2019 was presented and the winners of the 10-th edition of the contest "Website Without Barriers" announced, among them West Pomeranian University of Technology, Szczecin.
Competition "Website without Barriers" aims to select and reward websites that are best suited to the needs of people with disabilities, older people and those exposed to digital exclusion.
The basic criterion for evaluation is availability of a website for as many users as possible, regardless of their disability, age, wealth, hardware and software used. Service analysis consisted of several stages. First, the accessibility experts carry out the initial selection of websites, then go to the detailed access control. Finally, a group of consultants with disabilities: visually impaired, blind and deaf people carry out a series of tasks specific to a given website. The entire study is based on a methodology developed by the Widzialni Foundation and the University of Silesia.
The award for West Pomeranian University of Technology Szczecin was received by Anna Czekalska - website administrator www.zut.edu.pl and website coordinator who creates the WPUT website daily by implementing WCAG 2.1 standards, trains content editors in this area and coordinates their work.
"Accessibility is a process. It is not enough once to prepare the website properly so that it will be available for a long time, but you still need to work diligently to uphold the WCAG 2.1 standard in order not to waste this work. The prize is a confirmation that it is worth to demand more of yourself and others to meet the standard daily and that the WPUT website still maintains a high level of availability."- said Anna Czekalska from the West Pomeranian University of Technology Szczecin.
The competition "Website without Barriers" is a recurring event organized by the Widzialni Foundation in cooperation with the Broad Agreement on Digital Skills.