THE Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT) introduced a new standard to ensure more accessibility on cell phones. Opened this Wednesday (26), Brazilian Standard ABNT NBR 17.060 offers more than fifty requirements to develop inclusive apps and websites for smartphones. According to the 2019 National Health Survey, Brazil has 17.3 million people with a disability.
The rule was revealed at an online event, on the association’s official YouTube channel. According to the president of ABNT, Mario William Esper, this is the first standard to help create public policies on digital inclusion for people with disabilities. “The normative document will serve as a basis for broadening the understanding of the topic, enabling more people to understand, interact and navigate regardless of their disabilities,” he said.
The document was prepared by the Brazilian Accessibility Committee of the association (ABNT/CB-040) through the Accessibility Study Commission. The development of the novelty also had the help of the Center for Studies on Web Technologies (Ceweb.br) and the Information and Coordination Center of Ponto BR (NIC.br).
ABNT: standard brings requirements to make apps accessible
THE NBR brings 54 requirements to optimize the experience of apps and websites running on mobile. The list aggregates guidelines aimed at non-textual elements, for example, such as icons, which must have alternative text to describe their meaning. The determinations of the standard are divided into the following themes: “perception and understanding”, “control and interaction”, “media” and “coding”.
“Following these recommendations means enabling people with limitations to see, hear, speak, move, or understand, to enjoy a safe and autonomous experience when browsing web pages and applications through smartphones,” said Reinaldo Ferraz, expert. from Ceweb.br and NIC.br.
The Brazilian Standard ABNT NBR 17060 is now available on ABNT Catalog. The document can be purchased on the platform for R$ 178.50.