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Making Content Web Accessible Raises Course Pass Rate for Disabled Students

Posted by Pat Needles, Equidox Sales Manager on Jun 27, 2016

Webinar: Create Web Accessible Content

From e-courses and catalogs to admission forms and syllabi, university content is proliferating. These documents need to be web accessible for all — even to students with disabilities. However, faculty is accustomed to creating content as inaccessible PDFs.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) uses Equidox to easily convert inaccessible PDFs to HTML that conforms to the WCAG 2.0 AA standard — the World Wide Web Consortium’s guideline for web accessibility.

How One College Addressed Digital Accessibility

Using the solution, NOVA has significantly reduced its PDF to HTML conversion time. In fact, Tim Ferebee — the school's web accessibility coordinator — mentions that the college used other tools in the past to convert a 250-page student handbook. This process took 20 days during a slow period. But using Equidox during the same time of year would have taken the school only one to two days.

Accelerating the speed to create accessible documents is paramount to improving accommodations and efficiencies for hearing as well as cognitively and visually impaired students. Mr. Ferebee explains, “Students with disabilities can quickly fall behind when documents, supplies and course materials are not available to them.”

Since Equidox has drastically reduced the document conversion time, the college can provide students the information they need — when they need it, resulting in more successful student outcomes. In fact, Equidox has empowered NOVA to increase its course pass rate for disabled students from 45 percent up to 75 percent in just a one year time period.

Digital Accessibility Doesn't Need to Be Difficult

The webinar also provides a quick demo of the product so you can witness its powerful features, including:

Fast and Simple Use, Even for Non-Technical Users

Simply upload the PDF file into the tool, edit, approve and publish. Voilà! Your HTML code is generated; little to no HTML knowledge is required.

Best Quality Conversion 

Equidox's detection feature automatically extracts reading zones from PDFs, providing the most accurate HTML conversions. Have a scanned PDF? No problem. The tool has built-in OCR functionality to recognize characters, images and more!

Effortless Creation of Tables and Forms

Equidox's advanced table editor and form builder allow you to create accessible HTML tables and forms — within seconds — without HTML knowledge. You can preview all content and make edits whenever necessary.

Watch the webinar now.

Still not convinced that HTML is the best route to WCAG 2.0 ? Read the article: PDF VS HTML written by David MacDonald, a veteran invited expert with the WCAG Working Group since 2002. He is also a member of the Mobile Task Force, WCAG Evaluation Methodology and editor of Using WAI-ARIA in HTML5.

Topics: Equidox, Products by Onix

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Pat Needles, Equidox Sales Manager

Pat Needles, Equidox Sales Manager

As Equidox Sales Manger, Pat educates public and private organizations about the importance of online document accessibility. He manages sales for Onix's Equidox automated document conversion software.