Newsletter Archives - October 2011

Feature

Assistive Technology Experiment: Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Jon Whiting continues his blog series on assistive technologies.

News

WebAIM Web Accessibility Training

WebAIM has scheduled our next two-day training for March 28-29, 2012.

Tips and Resources

CSS, HTML, ARIA, browsers, assistive technology and interoperability

Steve Faulkner discusses the "wild west" of how browsers implement accessibility.

Accessibility Survey

Knowbility and MicroAssist are seeking input on IT accessibility.

Fluro Colors

A great guide from DingoAccess for checking your color contrast on your site.

Before and After Demonstration

A before and after demonstration from the W3C showing the differences between a WCAG 2.0 compliant site and one that is not.

Quick Tip - Animation

Animation or other moving elements on a web page can be distracting to all users. Even simple animation can render a web page completely inaccessible to users with certain cognitive disabilities or high levels of distractibility. Animation should generally be avoided. Brief animations (ones that completely stop in less than 3 seconds), however, can be used to draw attention to important page elements, such as error messages or alerts.

A common use of animation to increase accessibility and usability is the implementation of what is called the Yellow Fade Technique. This technique presents a bright, quickly fading background to important page elements or messages.

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