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An Evolution in Microsoft Office Accessibility

In the early years of Microsoft Office, support for screen reader users was limited, and in most cases required third-party software and workarounds. In Office 2007, the Ribbon interface was introduced. This “Fluent UI” was a boon to productivity for some users, but it initially posed significant challenges for screen reader users. To its credit, […]

WebAIM’s Response to ADA NPRM

In August 2023, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking soliciting feedback on its plans to define requirements and technical standards for making the web and mobile services, programs, and activities offered by State and local Government entities accessible to individuals with disabilities. The notice poses 67 questions regarding the implementation […]

Four Reasons to Give WCAG AAA a Second Look

Remediating a website’s accessibility barriers can be a daunting effort. As WebAIM’s evaluation lead, I’ve worked with scores of companies, nonprofits, universities, and school districts to help them close existing accessibility gaps and avoid creating new ones. Naturally, one of the first questions a site owner asks is what they need to do. The answer […]

Decoding WCAG: “Alternative for Time-based Media” and “Media Alternative for Text”

WCAG terms often come in pairs There are several places in Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) where two terms are commonly used together—label/name, contrast/color, change of context/content, and bounding box/perimeter are examples. While these pairs may share some properties, understanding the differences between the terms in each pair is essential to understanding the requirements of […]

Top Tips from a Web Accessibility Evaluator at WebAIM

Introduction I’ve been evaluating websites for accessibility with WebAIM for nearly two years. Evaluating a website can be a daunting task, as there are many components to evaluate: images, color, page structure, and more. Other important aspects to test include keyboard navigation, reflow, and screen reader compatibility. So, where should you begin? Here are a […]