Artificial intelligence, abbreviated as AI, is without a doubt one of the cutting-edge technologies that have taken the globe by storm. AI is a broad discipline of computer science concerned with creating intelligent machines capable of performing activities that normally require human intelligence. The technology has over the years been used by different companies to manufacture beneficial applications. One such company that has invested in this technology is accessiBe, an Israeli technology company that uses AI to solve the problem of web accessibility among the disabled.
accessiBe was the brainchild of three individuals, Dekel Skoop, Gal Vizel and Shir Ekerling, who found out that only 2% of all web pages they surveyed could be accessed by everyone, including people with disabilities. This is because most of the available websites are not adequately built for accessibility. When establishing the groundwork for their websites, most developers and web designers do not consider the disabled. Those who do, only consider the deaf and the blind – ignorant that they are still excluding a sizable group. This group has been forced to use assistive devices, which do not necessarily guarantee proper interpretation due to noncompliance with accessibility standards.
Several regulatory bodies now demand companies to create web pages that can be accessed by a broad and diverse user base. To make websites accessible, they must adhere to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). These regulations have, however, come with their fair share of challenges. Established websites are facing a hard time in auditing and applying the necessary remediation to meet these guidelines. At the same time, most startups do not understand these regulations and what it takes to be fully compliant with them.
accessiBe offers these companies solutions through the use of AI technology to make remediation, review and WCAG compliance stress-free. For only $500 a year, accessiBe is able to automatically fix accessibility issues in less than 48 hours. An accessibility interface is also added to the platform for users to make adjustments to websites based on their requirements. In this digital age, where the internet has become an integral part of our daily lives, web accessibility platforms, such as accessiBe have become very beneficial to both the site owners and the disabled.