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Standards make the world work

NewFormat makes web information permanently
accessible, searchable, readable and reusable
for the future and for as many people as possible.

We leave no file behind.

We provide services for web governance / web accessibility
in compliance with W3C/WAI/WCAG A, AA, AAA.

Our solutions are based on recognized software technology and
tested, reliable, and highly accessible software solutions from leading brands.

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Accessible Web

Web accessibility is about creating ONE web experience for everyone
regardless of ability or disability.

Accessible Web
Requires Compliance with the W3C/WAI/WCAG Recommendations

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    The Web Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), defined by
    the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) / the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI),
    has four principles which state that websites must be POUR
    (Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, and Robust).

    There are a total of 13 guidelines under each of these principles.
    In order to make sure a website is meeting these guidelines,
    there are a total of 78 testable “success criteria”.

    These principFles and guidelines defines the requirements that must be
    considered when a website must be universally accessible for everyone;
    with or without disabilities.

    There are three levels of web accessibility established under WCAG.
    Level A is the least strict. Level AAA is very strict.
    If you meet level AA, it means that you meet all of the criteria of level A and level AA.
    If you meet level AAA, it means meeting the criteria of levels A, AA, and AAA.

    It is very difficult (time and labor intensive) to always be in compliance with level AAA.
    Most companies and organizations worrying about accessibility should strive for level AA.
    At this level, they will be legally compliant in most countries, can avoid lawsuits,
    and provide a good experience for all users.

    (See also our solutions and services for Accessible PDF (PDF/UA).)

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Implementation of Accessible Web within The European Union

    The EU Directive 2016/2102 of the European Parliament and of the Council
    on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies,
    also known as the European Union (EU) Directive on the Accessibility of Websites and
    Mobile Applications, was created as part of the EU Commission’s work on developing
    societal and digital inclusivity within the European Union.

    The Directive aims for the standardization of accessibility laws
    across the EU and came into effect on October 2016.
    The Directive covers the accessibility of websites and mobile applications
    of public sector bodies for persons with disabilities.

    The Directive is based on the four principles of the WCAG,
    which will thus require public sector websites to ensure that they are
    POUR (Perceivable, Operable, Understandable and Robust).

    The standards that EU member states will have to comply with are
    the WCAG Level AA as a minimum.

    The Directive, unlike a regulation, is not imposed as a law,
    but instead binds member states to the adoption of it into national law.

    The Directive is adopted by EU member states with this timeline for compliance:

    • New public sector websites must conform by September 23, 2019

    • All public sector websites by September 23, 2020

    • All public sector mobile apps by June 23, 2021

    • Member states will be required to monitor and report
      the accessibility of the websites and mobile apps of public entities.

    The EU Directive was implemented in Sweden January 1, 2019 as
    "The Swedish Act on Access to Digital Public Services"
    (SFS 2018:1937 & SFS 2018:1938)

    Sweden as a nation is also bound to:

    • the UN Declaration on Human Rights,

    • the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,

    • the Swedish Anti-Discrimination Act

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    Why conformance with W3C/WAI/WCAG is relevant and of importance

    Barriers that prevent interaction with, or access to a document or website
    by people with disabilities can be considered discrimination.

    Legal requirements for accessibility to digital information for everyone in the society
    ensures that all users, regardless of functional ability, have equal access to
    information and functionality on the web and in PDF documents.

    Successful e-government presupposes that all digital government information
    is accessible for all citizens - the success is dependent on "Accessible Web".

    Accessible Web is fundamental for barrier-free access to digital information from
    eGovernments/public administrations and enterprises serving the public sector.

    Websites complying with W3C/WAI/WCAG for "Accessible Web"
    are universally accessible for everyone.

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    Who has reason to care about W3C/WAI/WCAG?

    W3C/WAI/WCAG is of interest to all entities, in public sector and elsewhere,
    concerned with conformance to regulations requiring access for everyone
    to websites based on HTML-technolgy.

    Also entities serving the public sector, like media service providers,
    advertising/communication agencies, banks, insurances agencies,
    and representatives of associations and institutions as well as students and
    lecturers at colleges and universities increasingly consider it their duty to
    have their written materials available as accessible documents.

    Are you confident your organization uses the right tools and services
    to guarantee your website is compliant with the W3C/WAI/WCAG?

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    Do you need help to make your website
    compliant with W3C/WAI/WCAG 2.0/2.1/2.2 A, AA, AAA?

    Following the standards is the only way to reduce your liability and
    provide the most accessible versions of your website’s content.

    The easiest way to determine if your web is a 100% compliant web
    is to ask for a web governance/accessibility audit that proves
    compliance to the standard you have requested.

    NewFormat help businesses to locate and map existing web resources as input
    for decision on needed actions to achieve full governance / accessibility compliance.

    NewFormat provide services to test, verify och optimize
    for accessible web and accessible PDF.

    Our services can regularly scan and crawl websites, filesystems, folders, files,...
    to locate web issues and compile an issue-report based on the findings.
    The issue-report indicates the governance/accessibility status of the website over time;
    including measures needed to remediate for full compliance with W3C/WAI/WCAG.

    Accessibility Report

    According to the EU Directive shall a public entity on it's website provide an
    accessibility report on the accessibility of its websites and mobile applications.

    The report must include, among other things, a statement of contents on
    the site that is inaccessible and a link to comment on deficiencies.

    The accessibility report must be published at the latest when
    the site requirements must be met.

    Audit mapping of your websites/domains

    We offer subscription services where we scan your websites/domains according
    to some desired regularity; e.g. once a year, every quarter, every week,...
    Provides insight into the existing website's accessibility status, lack of accessibility, etc.

    The generated analysis report is of indispensable value as a basis for
    the entity's continuous accessibility work and mandatory accessibility report.


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    The complex digital ecosystem that is your website includes
    HTML/CSS/Javascript pages, images, videos and digital documents.

    Those documents are usually delivered as PDFs;
    think of all the forms, legal documents, white papers and
    other digital documents that your employees, customers and
    site visitors view every day from your website.

    Websites hosting inaccessible documents can be a significant
    liability risk even if you have fixed the websites's HTML content.

    Please be aware, the W3C/WAI/WCAG recommendation for web accessibility does not
    itself guarantee that a PDF document published on a website is an "Accessible PDF".
    Instead, accessible PDF requires full compliance with the ISO Standard PDF/UA.

    Avoid litigation risks by ensuring that also all PDF documents on your
    website are accessible for everyone; with or without disabilities.

More Information and Resources

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