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Overly Accessible?

I was invited to give a presentation on web accessibility for a university Business Information Systems class last week. During the presentation a student asked a fantastic question – “Is it possible for a web page to be overly accessible?” I’ve been working in the accessibility field for a very long time, but had never […]

DOJ Withdraws ADA Rulemaking Process

Today the Department of Justice announced that it is withdrawing the process for updating technical guidance for websites under the Americans with Disabilities Act. This leaves the web in a precarious position – one where inaccessibility can be considered discriminatory, but without any guidance as to what “inaccessibility” actually means. In 2010, the DOJ issued […]

Screen Reader User Survey #7 Results

The full results from our most recent Screen Reader User Survey are available at https://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey7/. There were 1792 valid responses to the survey, which was conducted October 2017. Here are a few notable items and changes from previous surveys (the most recent having been conducted in July 2015): This survey had more representation world-wide then […]

New Site-wide WAVE Tools

We’re happy to announce the release of several new options for using WAVE to evaluate pages across web sites. While the power of WAVE is in facilitating in-depth manual analysis of a web page, these new tools allow you to easily collect data for any number of web pages on your sites. WAVE Stand-alone API […]

Screen Readers and CSS: Are We Going Out of Style (and into Content)?

Developers often ask how various CSS declarations translate to the screen reader experience. Properties that are strictly visual – such as color, border, font, margin, padding – are transparent, but what about those that inject content, like ::before and ::after? What about properties that communicate meaning, like list-style and line-through? And then there are those […]