The websites of the Police and the Ministry of the Interior and the websites of the related institutions are partially accessible to persons with visual impairments, Infonet Alliance determined as a result of an analysis.
Valerian Tăbîrță, public relations specialist at Infonet Alliance, in a news conference at IPN said there were analyzed the websites politia.md. mai.gov.md, border.gov.md, dse.md, carabinier.gov.md, bma.gov.md, dinamo.md, academy.police.md. The analysis was carried out with the involvement of a person with visual impairments. The study took into account such criteria as perceptibility, operability, intelligibility and robustness of websites.
Valerian Tăbîrță noted there are a number of conditions that the websites should meet to be considered accessible, such as existence of enlargement and diminution buttons, possibility of inverting colors and of choosing these, possibility of looking for information easily through search instruments, etc.
Four example, the website of the Police (politia.md) is partially accessible. There are instruments for increasing and decreasing text size, but these are unclearly marked with letters “Aa”. There are many documents that were scanned and saved in PDF format, as an image, there and these cannot be read by assistance software used by blind persons. The problems are also typical of the related pages.
The Ministry’s website (mai.gov.md) has buttons for inverting contrast from black to white and from white to black and has instruments for increasing and decreasing text size, but these are in English – “zoom in” and “zoom out” – and not all the persons realize the purpose of such buttons. The website also contains documents in PDF format.
Valerian Tăbîrță said the website of the Ombudsman is an example of website accessible to persons with visual impairments. The website of the Central Election Commission is almost accessible.
According to the executive director of Infonet Alliance Victor Koroli, the situation can be remedied by involving network developers, by organizing common workshops where persons with disabilities can say where they face problems so that these could be solved.