November 01, 2017

PTA launches new website accessible for persons with disabilities

Islamabad: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has launched a new official bilingual mobile responsive website which is also compliant to the universal web accessibility standards for the persons with disabilities.


The new Urdu version of PTA website would contain the same contents of the English version converted into simple Urdu language with similar layout and design. The aim of newly re-designed website is to provide contents accessibility in Urdu language for which Urdu ccTLD (پی-ٹی-اے.حکومت.پاکستان) has been registered for the facilitation of general public. In new website, statistical data of telecom indicators have also been re-shaped and user-friendly graphical layout has been introduced for easy navigation of the key indicators data. PTA believes that the new re-designed website would help in telecommunication information dissemination to the people of Pakistan.


As per the best international practices, the web accessibility standards for the persons with disabilities have been introduced in the website so that special persons can also use the website without any hassle. The primary focus behind the launch of new website is to provide easy access for contents retrieval to the persons with disabilities for which acquired input from the PWDs have also been incorporated. For the facilitation of persons with disabilities, an interactive tool bar has been introduced which includes features like text re-sizing, text-to-speech plug-in, magnifier and color contrast.


The new re-designed website will allow users to harness the power of technology to promote inclusion and accessibility in order to help realize the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in the society. The users would also be able to access various online services of PTA. It is to mention here that Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP) and web accessibility experts provided prompt assistance and support to PTA for the endorsement of web accessibility standards.


It may be mentioned that, PTA believes that the electronic access of information will improve the productivity and efficiency of persons with disabilities. This would ultimately contribute to economic activities and bring benefits to the country. PTA is committed to promote freedom of expression and access to information in the greater public interest. Single source facilitation website developed by PTA has a theme ‘connecting the un-connected’ and to ensure access to content repository to information seekers from within and outside the country at one place.