NextGen: Siteimprove's New Accessibility Module

Siteimprove logo.In January 2022, there will be a change coming to Siteimprove, the Harvard-licensed tool to check accessibility. The current Accessibility module is changing to a new, improved version called NextGen. NextGen will have a similar user experience and will still allow you to monitor your site’s accessibility, but there are some new features that will make understanding and implementing accessibility fixes much more streamlined. 

New features in NextGen

  • Potential Issues: a new assisted workflow that guides you through a step-by-step review process to evaluate content that could potentially be an issue
  • Code examples: guidance on how to implement code that will pass the relevant WCAG success criteria
  • Difficulty rating: gives you an idea of the technical complexity and required accessibility knowledge needed to fix issues
  • Score calculation: accessibility progress will be monitored occurrence-by-occurrence, so the more occurrences you fix, the higher your score will be

Features no longer available

Along with the new features, one current feature will no longer be available in NextGen. It will no longer be possible to apply the decisions of “Can’t Fix” or “Ignore” to issues. This will help ensure that issues aren’t forgotten about when sites are updated. If you have previously made decisions for issues, they will be archived in the previous version of the Accessibility module, and you will still be able to access them. 

Timing

NextGen was added to all Siteimprove user accounts on November 8, alongside the current Accessibility module. This allows you to use both versions of Siteimprove’s Accessibility modules while you become more familiar with NextGen. NextGen will then permanently replace the current Accessibility module on January 12, 2022

Training

Upcoming NextGen Trainings

Watch a video of the NextGen Overview