Accessibility by UserWay

Description

We provide helpful accessibility plugins that work without refactoring your website’s existing code and that will increase compliance with WCAG 2.1, ATAG 2.0, ADA, and Section 508 requirements.

WCAG 2.1 AA compliance is within reach
Our approach: start small, one step at a time
<Without changes to your website’s existing code>

Web accessibility can seem complex and overwhelming if you don’t know where to start.

UserWay’s plugin will instantly strengthen any weak spots that might cause issues.
We are proud to say that tens of millions of pages are more accessible today thanks to UserWay.

Try abandoning your mouse for a couple of days and see what the experience is like navigating your company’s site.

UserWay creates a simpler and more accessible browsing experience for users with mobility issues as well. Millions of people cannot use a mouse or other pointing device and rely solely on their keyboard to navigate websites. Your site should be fully navigable using a keyboard’s tab key, arrow keys, the enter key, and the spacebar.

The UserWay widget will make smart modifications to elements on your site that we identify as potentially non-compliant, or that may prevent keyboard-only navigation. And we do it all without requiring you or your developers to make costly adjustments to your website’s existing codebase.

Failure to comply with Section 508 of the Department of Justice’s ADA (American with Disabilities Act) Standards for Accessible Design could expose your company to hefty fines, the risk of expensive criminal and civil litigation as well as a reputation for being unfriendly to the disabled.

Screenshots

  • Plugin Check
  • Plugin page on the site.

Installation

  1. Install the plugin in your WordPress project
  2. Go to website control panel
  3. Go to the “Plugins” webpage
  4. Activate the plugin “UserWay Accessibility Widget”
  5. Sign up plugin on the Settings-> UserWay page

For more details please visit https://userway.org/wp

Reviews

20 January 2021
Like the review below me says, there is not a shortcut to accessibility. This is a cheap hack, or a gimmick. Please don't waste money on their "solution". WCAG 2.1 AA Compliance takes time and effort which can't be solved with Userway.
21 January 2021
There is no such thing as a quick fix (one button click) for accessibility. This widget may be, at best, work like a small band aid. An accessible website needs amongst other things, semantic HTML5, good keyboard accessibility, meaningful (handwritten) alt texts for images and good screen reader feedback. This widget cannot provide that. The claim: “WCAG 2.1 AA Compliance is Within Reach” is a very bold one. Design and build a website from the start with accessibility in mind. The WordPress Accessibility Handbook is a good starting point. Note to the developer: The button to activate the widget doesn’t get keyboard focus. So can’t be activated by keyboard users. If you want to know more, I recommend reading: Reminder: Accessibility can’t be solved automatically by Joe Dolson.
22 November 2020
This plugin is easy to install but so is literally every other plugin. The only instructions for userway are on how to install the plugin. I.e, not useful. Conversely, if you install this plugin manually, like another reviewer said, you cannot uninstall it. It's literally impossible short of reinstalling wordpress. Beware. I wouldn't recommend userway.
29 September 2020
I tried this plugin on WordPress 5.5.1 With the Page Structure option the website would no longer load until I deactivated the plugin. If you visit the userway website and try to set it up manually you get a few options like icon placement, colour etc. With the WP plugin you get nothing of this, not even in the settings page. Would be far better if these options worked with the wordpress plugin. Since one must check functionality with different themes etc, it would also be beneficial if one could limit/hide options available on the free version and leave the advanced options and perks to the paid version. Othwerwise a great tool, especially the horizontal bar for users with Dyslexia.
9 July 2020
UPDATE: I'm downgrading my review from five stars to four. The widget works well, but setup instructions are poor and support is virtually nonexistent. For the frustrated: After installing the plugin and registering on your dashboard, go to any other page on your site and look for the new blue icon in the upper right corner. Click to open it and adjust the settings to your taste from the Manage link, which will require you to create a password. Another tip: Create your accessibility statement on a new page on your site (copy and modify the one on UserWay's own site; it's exactly what they will send you if you ask for a template), then point to it from your UserWay panel. You can adjust the exact location of the corner icon using CSS, but styling the hover color or size is pretty much impossible, as they in-lined the style in the HTML with the !important rule. Otherwise the widget looks professional, works as advertised and seems pretty lightweight on resources so far. My only beef is that your new Accessibility Statement page opens in a new tab, which is poor practice, and I can't find a way do remove the target="_blank". Overall, for what you're paying and what you're getting, this is a decent plugin. The reason I downgraded my review is that I asked UserWay a question on their website, specifically about the accessibility statement opening in a new tab. They responded the following morning with a canned answer on how to create the accessibility statement page, which I had already done. Software is only as good as it performs and the support behind it, and there appears to be no support for this otherwise promising plugin.
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Contributors and Developers

“Accessibility by UserWay” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

“Accessibility by UserWay” has been translated into 13 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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Change Log

2.0

Optimised format of embed script

1.2.1

Fixed display of errors in plugin settings

1.2

Fixed loading of styles for the plugin

1.1

*Release Date – March 2017
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*Added translations for the plugin:
*Arabic [ar];
*Bulgarian [bg];
*Bengali [bn];
*Czech [cs];
*German [de];
*Greek (modern) [el];
*English [en];
*Spanish [es];
*French [fr];
*Hebrew (modern) [he];
*Hindi [hi];
*Italian [ti];
*Japanese [ja];
*Korean [ko];
*Dutch [nl];
*(Eastern) Punjabi [pa];
*Polish [pl];
*Portuguese [pt];
*Romansh [ro];
*Russian [ru];
*Swedish [sv];
*Turkish [tr];
*Ukrainian [uk];
*Chinese [zh];

1.0

*Release Date – January 2017