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Re: Accessibility Tools for Website Visitors


From: wolfgang.berndorfer@zweiterblick.at
Date: Oct 30, 2021 9:37AM

My three thoughts:

1. Priority for Conformance with WCAG AA
Too often I find such features on sites that lack accessibility basics.
Marking up a change of contrast or font styling as LINK and not button e.g., is a violation of SC 4.1.2.

2. Positioning Accessibility Features
If a website provides A11Y features, they should be visually and technically (focus order) on top.
It's very frustrating, when you realize somewhere in between or behind that you could have gotten it easier.

3. Nesting Icon
If the A11Y features are available by a button for a popup:
There is no standard for the icon image, but it seems that the person with spreading arms and legs gets common.
Optimally the icon is associated with a visual text like ‘Accessibility'.


-----Original Message-----
From: WebAIM-Forum < <EMAIL REMOVED> > On Behalf Of Swift, Daniel P.
Sent: Friday, October 29, 2021 3:49 PM
Subject: [WebAIM] Accessibility Tools for Website Visitors

Good morning, again!

Can anyone provide feedback on adding accessibility tools for website visitors? Specifically, I'm looking at what the website Mind Your Brain Foundation has done (https://www.mindyourbrainfoundation.org/). There is an icon on the right that allows users to change font size, contrast, etc.

I want to think that something like this would be beneficial, but I remember a few years back there was a negative connotation around sites providing "text only" versions of their site. I wasn't sure if something like this would elicit a similar response.

Thanks for the insight!

Daniel Swift, MBA
Senior Web Specialist
University Communications and Marketing
West Chester University