WebAIM Newsletter: May 2012
WebAIM is pleased to announce the results of the fourth Screen Reader User Survey.
Watch WebAIM's Jared Smith and other accessibility experts in this all-day online conference on September 25.
Both new and former training participants are invited to join WebAIM for two days of advanced web accessibility training August 29-30.
Tips and Resources
Results from Terrill Thompson's analysis of the top 130 accessible websites.
Steve Faulkner deciphers and provides recommendations for WCAG 2.0's definition of "large text".
A discussion on updates and constraints to accessibility on the new disability.gov site.
ARIA provides a method, though rarely needed, of hiding visual content from screen readers.
The GOALS project, a partner of WebAIM, has created a series of "cheat sheets" on creating accessible content in Microsoft Office and Acrobat.
This site provides humorous insight into the accessibility field through meme images, including accessible text descriptions.
Quick Tip: ARIA Alert Roles
ARIA role="alert" can be used for very important messages that a screen reader should read immediately, even if keyboard focus is not set to that element. ARIA alerts are typically triggered with scripting, such as when a critical form error has been detected. Because ARIA alerts are very intrusive (they read immediately regardless of screen reader status or focus position), they should be used with great care and only for very important messages.
WebAIM E-mail Discussion List
Selected recent threads
- Tables with Header cells in the second column, not the first
- JAWS13 has broken ARIA functionality that previously worked in JAWS12
- Screen Reader interpretations of images in text (not part of a link)
- Fw: Regarding checkboxes and radio buttons that are not input elements
- Guidelines are only half the story: accessibility problems encountered by blind users on the web
- New WebAIM Screen Reader User Survey