IBM launches open source accessibility toolkit

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Simeon McAleer, IBM’s program director of accessibility, announced in a blog post that the company will launch an Equal Access Toolkit. The open source offering and design toolkit aims to help designers and developers embed accessibility into their workflows, without the need for outside consultation.

The toolkit has a set of components that make accessibility easier to quantify. There are Equal Access guidelines for teams creating accessible enterprise offerings and an Accessibility Checker which audits web-based components and solutions for accessibility issues. IBM says its toolkit’s key advantage is accessibility guidance through each stage of development, from initial research to the product launch.