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NZ’s DIA taps TTC as first supplier of Web Accessibility services for ‘Government Marketplace’

Wellington, New Zealand – TTC, a global software assurance provider in New Zealand, has been approved by the country’s Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) to be the first Web Accessibility service supplier on the Government Marketplace, a platform that allows businesses and government agencies to engage with each other by facilitating the direct buying and selling of products and services between the two parties.

TTC helps organizations modify their technology deliverance, increasing the speed and quality of technology development while reducing risk and cost.

Through this initiative, TTC will be providing technology services including but not limited to accessibility testing & audit, training, and digital accessibility consulting, broadening the scale, reach, and ease of providing accessibility solutions within the government’s procurement process, and enabling the practice of greater digital inclusion and usability practices.

Grant Borrie, founder and director of technology at TTC, expressed they couldn’t be more thrilled to be given the green light to offer their services for Web Accessibility on the Marketplace.

“Creating inclusive digital experiences is something we firmly believe should be a priority for all businesses. We understand that improved digital accessibility and inclusion benefits employees, customers, and service users, so to be part of an initiative that will allow the conversation and capabilities around accessibility to expand even further is something we’re ready for,” Borrie said.

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Global SaaS company Siteimprove launches upgrade to accessibility product

Copenhagen, Denmark – Global software-as-a-service (SaaS) company Siteimprove has released its upgraded version of Siteimprove Accessibility, the company’s accessibility product aimed at empowering organizations in meeting increased digital experience expectations through web accessibility.

Siteimprove Accessibility was initially created to allow brands to create an inclusive digital experience, adhering to brand safety standards. With it, brands create digital content which makes web content easily accessible such as with web navigation, readable text, and content being perceivable, such as including text-to-speech functionality or magnifying the text in-site.

Through the new Siteimprove Accessibility, the product empowers non-experts to work towards accessibility alongside specialists, facilitating both automated and semi-automated testing. Using the new product, organizations can define their conformance goals with customizable goal-setting, get insights into how to prioritize issues, tap into guidance through the issue resolution process, and track progress towards accessibility and conformance. 

Furthermore, the product allows organizations to easily follow and adhere to international Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) across all conformance levels and contains the latest developments in web accessibility designed to help organizations achieve a higher level of accessibility conformance and improved user experience.

“Legal requirements and customer expectations are rapidly evolving. Web accessibility is no longer a nice-to-have, but a must-have for any organization that wants to succeed in today’s digital marketplace. Organizations must ensure their websites are accessible and inclusive in order to deliver an engaging visitor experience, said Morten Ebbesen, CEO of Siteimprove.

He added, “We expertly guide organizations towards accessibility while protecting their brand from legal repercussions and creating a better end-user experience.”

Siteimprove Accessibility is created in partnership with the European (EU) Commission and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The product has the following additional features:

  • -Progress tracking with a comprehensive score based on issue occurrences keeps teams motivated to improve. 
  • -A guided review of potential issues allows non-experts to define whether a given issue is really an accessibility problem with the help of simple questions, providing increased testing coverage.  
  • -Thanks to filtering based on the location of content (e.g. in the header or metadata), teams can more efficiently prioritize fixing issues. 
  • -More insights and a better understanding of accessibility issues based on difficulty ratings, issue explanations, and code examples for fixes. 

“With our upgraded accessibility product, we’re empowering organizations to reach their conformance goals in the most efficient way possible, uniting accessibility experts, designers, developers, and content writers through a single solution that is complemented by Siteimprove’s expert training and services,” Ebbesen concluded.