Web Accessibility Rectification Solution for W3C Compliance and Unicode Migration

(Hong Kong, 15 December 2011) On 25th October 2011, the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) launched Web Accessibility Campaign to promote awareness and wider adoption of web accessibility in public and private websites. From year 2013 onwards, all the websites of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region are required to validate to W3C WCAG 2.0 (http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG/) Level AA conformance within practicable means.

With years of technology development experience in improving web accessibility to less privileged groups of the society to and above the compliance of W3C requirements, and being the technology localization developer of the global leader on screen reader for the blind-Chinese JAWS, KanHan Technologies Limited (KanHan) provides assistance with wealth of experience in conducting the W3C gap analysis to Government Departments. The “Web Accessibility Gap Analysis Service” will determine how compliant of the departmental website to the “HTML 4.01 Strict” and Level AA standards of the W3C WCAG 2.0 guidelines.

KanHan's service package includes:

i. Providing detailed analysis report containing:

  • analysis results from code scanning, visual reviewing and assistive technology testing with Chinese JAWS (screen reader for the blind) & Zoom Text (screen magnifier for the visually impaired)
  • explanation on testing methodology and tools adopted
  • recommendations to rectify W3C compliance issues

ii. Half-day workshop presenting the analysis and suggestions to comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0

iii. Preparing service requirements and specification for client's consideration in addressing the short-term deadline and long term revamping plan.

As UNICODE is the recommended W3C encoding scheme in overcoming browser compatibility over many internet devices and the handling of local user defined characters such as Government Common Character Set (GCCS) or Hong Kong Supplementary Character Set (HKSCS), the migration of legacy databases and applications to full UNICODE implementation is however a mind-boggling and tedious exercise to IT professionals.

In the past two years, KanHan has supplied service and/or technology tools in helping Government Departments in successfully migrating to UNICODE for their websites, web applications (ActiveX, Crystal Report, ASP, JSP, PHP, ODBC/JDBC) and databases (Oracle, MS-SQL, MySQL), eradicating the Chinese encoding problems from the root.

Since OGCIO's web accessibility promotion, KanHan has begun preparation work with the following departments in conducting the W3C gap analysis for their websites and planning for the rectification.

KanHan will be delighted to share experience with clients in handling the W3C and UNICODE compliance issues. Onsite visit and explanation will be arranged upon request to promote the effectiveness of Web Accessibility Campaign.