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Glossary of Accessibility Terms

Accessibility Audit – review of a limited selection of pages on your website to identify accessibility barriers and determine the severity of accessibility problems on your website. Learn more about accessibility audits

Accessibility-Ready Theme – an accessibility ready theme is one that is built to conform with the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Check out the WordPress theme library for free accessibility-ready themes.

Assistive Technology – Assistive technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities. Learn more about assistive technology

Braille Display – a braille display is an assistive technology device which converts text to braille. Braille displays are used by blind users to access content on the web.

Conformance Evaluation – A formal review of a representative selection of pages on your website with automated and manual tools (including a screen reader) to verify and document conformance with the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Learn more about conformance testing

Page Selection – pages selected for a website accessibility audit or conformance evaluation. Page selections for conformance evaluations are generally larger and include top-level pages and all pages with unique features or functionality.

Screen Magnifier – a screen magnifier, as its name suggests, provides screen magnification to allow low-vision users to read parts of their computer screen.

Screen Reader – a screen reader is a software program that converts text to speech. Screen readers are used by blind and low vision users to access the World Wide Web.

VPAT – A Voluntary product accessibility template or VPAT provides information about how a website complies with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). This template was developed by the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI).

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines – The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, or WCAG, include techniques and success criteria for developing accessible web content for people with disabilities. The WCAG is a product of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

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