By Rich Palmer • September 20, 2018

    Tech Perspective: Gravyty's Commitment to Digital Accessibility

    At Gravyty, we take the needs of our users very seriously. We want to ensure a consistent and positive experience for all users, regardless of abilities. We take every effort to ensure that all users are able to experience the full value of Gravyty.

    Gravyty makes accommodations for users with different disabilities and we most closely align with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG) four principles: Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, and Robust. Let’s walk through these.

    WCAG’s Perceivable principle includes guidelines to ensure that “information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive.” This means that Gravyty takes measures like using text alternatives for images and other media, we markup layout to ensure content can be presented in different ways, and our design principles use ample whitespace and contrast and CSS formatting wherever possible.

    To meet WCAG’s Operable principle, Gravyty has created “user interface components and navigation [that are] operable." This is why all forms and applications can be controlled by the keyboard, none of our content is visualized in ways that could cause seizures, and we help our users navigate and find content in three clicks or less.

    WCAG’s Understandable principle is about ensuring all “in formation and the operation of the user interface [is] understandable.” To meet this standard, Gravyty goes through the exercise of identifying and defining all unusual words and jargon, we don’t use popup windows or disable the “back” button that’s standard on web browsers, and wherever possible we help users avoid and correct mistakes.

    The Robust principle under WCAG requires that "content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies." To follow this guideline, where applicable, Gravyty labels the name and role of all user interface (UI) components and identifies the value for data fields and parameters for interface controls.

    While Gravyty addresses accessibility concerns on both Web and Mobile, our users may notice some differences between platforms. For Web, Gravyty has more control over accommodations. Mobile devices, however, are often governed by the policies and design principles of specific manufacturers. Whenever possible, Gravyty takes the exact same action for Mobile as we do for the Web.

    To download Gravyty’s full Digital Accessibility Policy, click on the button below. And, if you’d like to talk about Accessibility, we want to hear from you! Please reach out to hello@gravyty.com.

    Download Gravyty's Full Digital Accessibility Policy

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