What is Accessibility?
Accessibility means easy to access and easy to approach, and indicates the extent to which a product, service or solution is available to be used by many users, including seniors and persons with disabilities.
Necessity of Accessibility
Regulations and standards related to accessibility such as U.S. Rehabilitation Act Section 508 and Japan’s JIS X 8341 “Design guidelines for older persons and persons with disabilities” are linked internationally, so considering accessibility has become a prerequisite of manufacturing as local governments stipulate these regulations.
In a development process, required standards must be followed, and the number of users who may not be able to use the product must be minimized by assuming as broad a scope of potential users as possible.
Accessibility at NEC
The NEC Group defines high accessibility as making products, services and solutions accessible to a greater number of users.
The NEC Group strives to create products, systems and websites that take accessibility into account so that a greater number of users can use the products, services and solutions.
Products compliant with U.S. Rehabilitation Act: Section 508 announced
*NEC Corporation of America VPAD announcement page
*U.S. Rehabilitation Act: Section 508
Section 508 Standards Guide
Web Accessibility Framework at NEC Group
A JIS standard regarding web content accessibility was stipulated in June 2004 for the first time, and a revised edition was released on August 20, 2010. This JIS standard is generally known as “Web Accessibility JIS” and is coordinated with the international standard WCAG2.0 (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0) (*1) revised for to explicitly and broadly respond to the policies of international coordination, verifiability and technical independence. The official name is “Guidelines for older persons and persons with disabilities - Information and communications equipment, software and services - Part 3: Web content”. (Referred to as JIS X 8341-3:2010 hereafter.)
The NEC Group has established policy based on JIS X 8341-3:2010 and strives to attain and improve accessibility.
- We started reviewing web accessibility for NEC websites in 2000, created guidelines, and released these guidelines for the NEC Group.
- When JIS X 8341-3:2004 was released, the guidelines were revised to correspond to JIS X 8341-3:2004. We developed our own web accessibility check diagnosis tools compatible with JIS X 8341-3:2004.
- When JIS X 8341-3 was revised, we participated in the Japanese Industrial Standards Committee as a member responsible for creating JIS X 8341-3:2010. When JIS X 8341-3:2010 was released, the guidelines were revised to correspond to JIS X 8341-3:2010.
- After the release of JIS X 8341-3:2010, we participated in WAIC (Web Accessibility Infrastructure Committee).
- **1:Guidelines recommended by WCG 2.0 (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0) of W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) in December 2008.