Application Accessibility

Assistive technologies to enable everyone.

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Accessibility is a crucial part of designing a user experience. The Pega 7 Platform user interface includes features and capabilities that enable everyone to use the applications you create.

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Enable accessibility

Accessible applications allow users of assistive technologies, such as screen readers, to navigate through and interact with the user interface. The Pega 7 Platform uses WAI-ARIA ​(Web Accessibility Initiative – Accessible Rich Internet Applications) roles to communicate information about on-screen application elements to an assistive technology. WAI-ARIA roles display in the HTML code of your application.

Enabling accessibility in an application

Accessibility design

Designing with accessibility in mind is critical for your application's success, and the legal responsibility of app-makers. Pega Design provides guidelines for designing for all users.

Accessibility overview

Add accessibility features

As the basic building block of a Pega 7 Platform user interface, the dynamic layout is where users perform actions or consume information. You can assign an accessibility role to a dynamic layout. This role communicates the function of the layout to an assistive technology, such as a screen reader. These roles conform to the WAI-ARIA (Web Accessibility Initiative – Accessible Rich Internet Applications) technical specification published by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). As a best practice, always add a WAI-ARIA role to layouts in your application.

Screen layout and dynamic container WAI-ARIA accessibility roles

Comply with standards

The Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, or VPAT™, assists Federal contracting officials and other buyers in making preliminary assessments regarding the availability of commercial “Electronic and Information Technology” products and services with features that support accessibility.

WCAG 2.0 Compliance Checklist
Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

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