Revealed strives to make as many web resources available as possible, and to do this, it is necessary to get this work done as early as possible, which means integrating with the development process from the very beginning. Company continuation this “shift left” mentality, with the $38 million in new funding it plans to use, makes it easier to design for accessibility.
“For years, the accessibility business has been what one would call a consulting business,” said founder and CEO Naveen Thadani. “You hire someone and they test your products once a year, put together a huge report, and then maybe work with your engineers as they work their way through an undifferentiated list of bugs with thousands and thousands of problems.”
This has begun to change as accessibility standards have infiltrated the development process, but in many cases accessibility is still viewed as an add-on to a “normal” site or service—to the point that some companies offer an after-sales “overlay”. (The usefulness of these overlays has been widely questioned in the industry, including by Tadani himself.)
Evinced also uses machine learning and other modern tools to automatically detect accessibility flaws or designs that don’t follow best practices, but it does so early in the development process when coders are still developing the foundations of the site.
Like automated code review tools and basic error detection, it can tell the developer that, for example, the way a form is structured may cause some screen readers or non-pointer navigation methods to fail. They can then be automatically tracked like any other bug or feature. Since last September, this has been working for both mobile apps and desktop browsers.
By identifying major problems rather than finding them in the final product, it prevents subsequent problems; a few early fixes can prevent thousands of small bugs or UI glitches in the future. It’s really just adding accessibility to the list of good coding practices – but in a way that’s faster and better than the methods most companies are using right now.
Of course consultantslike a fable) and regular audits are still needed to identify high-level issues or develop best practices, but “accessibility is too important to be put off this late in the cycle,” Tadani said. “It should be as much a part of a developer’s job as making sure their code works.”
The company has attracted a number of very large clients (think of the top 10 financial and B2B SaaS institutions), but it can obviously be used by smaller ones as well. In 2022, they will turn to even more enterprises that see the wisdom in “shifting to the left,” i.e. pushing a task to an earlier development timeline.
“In technology, it’s often hard to make something simple, and these tools will allow us to expand our engineering commitment, which we already consider the largest in the industry, to levels the industry hasn’t even thought of. much less frequently,” Tadani said. “By the time we’re done, accessibility will be just another technology category, like connectivity or security.”
The latest funding round, a $38 million Series B, was led by Insight Partners with participation from M12, BGV, Capital One Ventures and Engineering Capital.
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