The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are part of a series of guidelines published by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the main international standards organization for the Internet.
Accessibility is the degree to which a product, device, program, service, resource, or environment is available to a given user. If a building on campus has a wheelchair ramp leading to its main entrance, that entrance is accessible to wheelchair users. If a lecture includes sign language interpreters, that lecture is accessible to attendees who are deaf or hard of hearing and who understand sign language.
There is growing pressure on content creators to provide content that is accessible. Depending on your industry, there may be legal reasons to comply with WCAG. Across all industries it is considered a best practice to ensure your content is accessible to all.
We've worked hard to make our Turnstyle Webreader adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability, but it is not always possible to do so in all areas. We are continually seeking out solutions for any areas of deficit and remain committed to comply with all W3C standards. If you should experience any difficulty in accessing our digital platform, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Though we will make every effort to ensure the extracted text conforms with WCAG guidelines, there is onus on the publishers to provide content that is WCAG compliant. We have provided tools to assist in this process but ultimately is it the publisher’s responsibility to be sure the content meets WCAG criteria.
GTxcel has ensured that the Turnstyle Webreader user interface is WCAG AA compliant. However, ensuring your content is AA compliant will be up to you. In the article editor, we have added a compliance report with each new issue that will highlight any issues found with your content. This report will only be accessible to you through the publishing dashboard. The Turnstyle Webreader user interface has been updated to comply with web accessibility standards and we will make recommendations for changes if we detect any issues with your content, but the choice to comply with those suggestions will be yours.