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Language-related criteria for evaluating the accessibility of localised multilingual websites

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Pontus, Volha
Published in Jekat, Susanne J., Steffen Puhl, Luisa Carrer & Alexa Lintner. Proceedings of the 3rd Swiss Conference on Barrier-free Communication (BfC 2020). Winterthur (online) - 29 June - 4 July 2021 - Winterthur: ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences. 2021, p. 162-169
Abstract This paper presents a selection of the main findings from a recent large-scale accessibility study of localised, corporate websites in three language versions: English, French and German (Pontus 2019). The sites were evaluated with defined ad hoc manual criteria, largely based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 (Kirkpatrick et al. 2018). Web accessibility levels observed were higher in most cases in the English version of the sample websites, in comparison with their localised French or German equivalent. The study also identified several language-related accessibility issues for multilingual content that may be overlooked by routine checks and deserve special attention by localisation professionals.
Keywords Web accessibilityWCAG 2.1Web localisationLanguage-related accessibility
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Research group Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire en Localisation - Cod.eX
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PONTUS, Volha, RODRIGUEZ VAZQUEZ, Silvia. Language-related criteria for evaluating the accessibility of localised multilingual websites. In: Jekat, Susanne J., Steffen Puhl, Luisa Carrer & Alexa Lintner (Ed.). Proceedings of the 3rd Swiss Conference on Barrier-free Communication (BfC 2020). Winterthur (online). Winterthur : ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, 2021. p. 162-169. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:152755

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