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

Published inProceedings of the 3rd Swiss Conference on Barrier-free Communication (BfC 2020), Editors Jekat, Susanne J., Steffen Puhl, Luisa Carrer & Alexa Lintner, p. 162-169
Presented at Winterthur (online), 29 June - 4 July 2021
PublisherWinterthur : ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Publication date2021
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 accessibility
  • WCAG 2.1
  • Web localisation
  • Language-related accessibility
Citation (ISO format)
PONTUS, Volha, RODRIGUEZ VAZQUEZ, Silvia. Language-related criteria for evaluating the accessibility of localised multilingual websites. In: 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.
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