Newsletter Archives - June 2011

Features

Assistive Technology Experiment: ZoomText

WebAIM's Jonathan Whiting provides insight into his experience using this screen magnifier.

News

PDF Techniques for WCAG 2.0

W3C has released the draft for PDF accessibility techniques.

Education Department Releases Data on Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education data on students in higher education.

Wells Fargo Accessibility Agreement

Wells Fargo bank has entered an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to pay up to $16 million to compensate individuals who experienced discrimination, including web site inaccessibility.

WebAIM Web Accessibility Training

WebAIM has scheduled our next two-day training for October 12-13, 2011.

Tips and Resources

Barriers to Improving the Web Accessibility Game Plan

Karl Groves discusses his view on the need to change the web accessibility game plan.

HMTL5 and web accessibility: is there hope for inclusion?

Sandi Wassmer considers the likelihood of additional accessibility in HTML5.

WAT and aViewer Updates

The Paciello Group has recently released updates to their Web Accessibility Toolbar and aViewer evaluation tools.

On using h1 for all heading levels in HTML5

An in depth analysis of the new HTML5 outline algorithm, and what it means for accessibility.

Accessibility and HTML5 Block Links

Derek Featherstone presents accessibility implications of block-level links. Also see Steve Faulkner's follow-up.

Quick Tip: Descriptive Link Text

Screen reader users often navigate a page by reading only the links. The link text (typically blue, underlined text) is read. The function of the link should be available from the link text itself. Ambiguous links, such as "click here", "more", etc. do not provide useful information to these users. The user must navigate or read the link's surrounding context to determine what they link does or where it goes. These ambiguous links should be avoided and can almost always be made clearer.

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