Virginia Interactive (VI) has been a leader building websites
for both local and state government entities for 16 years. VI has
been a long-standing partner with the Commonwealth of Virginia
in managing the award winning Virginia.gov portal and over 110
entity websites. VI offers a vast array of citizen-centric digital
government services and information that must be presented in a
logical, organized easy to find manner based on user service.
VI is committed to creating and designing websites that are user-friendly, intuitive, simple and straightforward, effective and uniquely reflects the sensibilities of your agency, university or locality, while serving the needs of the citizens and constraints. In addition, VI will leverage our history of success in government website design and content best practices to transform your website from a departmental organizational design to a user driven, purpose designed site structure.
Accessibility and Usability/ Commonwealth PSGs
Virginia Interactive is the Commonwealth’s expert on usability
and accessibility for web sites and online services. Over the past
few years, Virginia Interactive was instrumental in assisting with
the Commonwealth’s Policies, Standards and Guidelines (PSGs) for
executive branch agencies. These standards were developed to ensure
web sites would be usable, share certain common look elements and
comply with the American Disabilities Act, 508 Guidelines and the
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative.
As our web development toolbox expanded to include screen readers and accessibility software, the demand for Virginia Interactive’s accessibility and usability services became even greater. Virginia Interactive can complete an accessibility and usability assessment at virtually any stage of the development process. This evaluation includes:
- Web site Audit and Evaluation
Virginia Interactive will create a detailed and customized report of the site or service. The report will outline any specific accessibility problems, highlight what needs to be changed and provide suggestions on how to make the change(s) in regards to ADA and/or 508 guidelines.
- High-level Usability Analysis
Virginia Interactive will evaluate the best method for a site or service to accomplish the goals set for it by the agency. General "best practices" approaches are outlined, including proper navigation design and information architecture.
Virginia Interactive will make the changes required for a site or service to meet "best practices", ADA and/or 508 guidelines, as outlined in the above mentioned reports.