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OpenACR - the Future of Accessibility Conformance Reporting

Date & Time
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 - 11:20 AM PDT  
Grand GH  

In the digital age, ensuring accessibility for all users is paramount. Traditional Accessibility Conformance Reports (ACRs) have been static, often cumbersome, and challenging to present alongside other product information. Enter OpenACRs: a transformative approach to accessibility reporting. In this presentation, we delve into the vision of enhancing ACR effectiveness and utility by making them machine-readable.

This session will explore how the General Services Administrationā€™s (GSA) Government-wide IT Accessibility Program is pioneering an open standard, building upon the ITI VPATĀ® framework. Learn about the shift to ACRs in YAML, a human-readable format, and the benefits it brings in terms of easy parsing, sharing, comparison, and version control.

A highlight of our session will be the introduction of the OpenACR Editor, an accessible tool that simplifies the creation and editing of OpenACRs. This editor not only aligns with W3C WAI initiatives but also ensures future extensibility. GSA will also discuss plans for a centralized index of product vendor ACRs to make it easier for purchasers to obtain product accessibility information.

Join us to understand how OpenACRs are set to redefine the landscape of digital accessibility, offering clearer insights for buyers, managers, and executives alike. Embrace a future where accessibility is a continuous commitment, not just a checkbox.

This Presentation Link (PPTX) is provided by the Presenter(s) and not hosted by the Center on Disabilities at CSUN. The Center on Disabilities has confirmed, as of March 27, 2024, content linked is relevant to the presentation, but has not been reviewed for accessibility nor will the Center on Disabilities attempt to remediate any accessibility issues in the linked content. Please contact the Presenter(s) with any accessibility concerns.

  • Higher Education
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Government
  • Legal
  • Administration & Business Support
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Session Summary (Abstract)
Unlock the future of digital accessibility conformance reporting with OpenACRs. Dive into the transformative approach of machine-readable reports, explore the innovative OpenACR Editor, and envision a world of continuous accessibility improvements.  
Primary Topic
Information & Communications Technology (ICT)  
Secondary Topics
  • Evaluation & Remediation
  • Law, Compliance, and Policy
  • Web
Session Type
General Track  


  • Andrew Nielson
    General Services Administration
  • Alex (Dandy) Wilson
    General Services Administration

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