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.
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.
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.
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.
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