WebAIM - Web Accessibility In Mind

Newsletter Archives - June 2012


Four Keys to System-wide Web Accessibility

Guidance for successfully implementing web accessibility in complex organizations.


Web Accessibility Training - Advanced Session

Join us for 2 days of advanced, hands-on training August 29-30, 2012 in beautiful Logan, Utah.

Accessibility Summit 2012

The third annual Accessibility Conference will feature WebAIM's Jared Smith and other accessibility experts Sep. 25, 2012.

Tips and Resources

My Take on the WebAIM Survey

Terrill Thompson gives valuable insight into the WebAIM survey results.

The Case of the Missing alt Attribute

How to simply avoid the most common validation error.

How to Ensure that You Pay More for Web Accessibility than You Should

Derek Featherstone humorously highlights common mistakes organizations make while implementing web accessibility.

Accessibility Testing as Alchemy

Elle Waters suggests that real web accessibility occurs when we are not looking.

Accessible Client-side Form Validation with HTML5, WAI-ARIA, and the jQuery Validation Plugin

Building accessible forms and using the jQuery Validation Plug-in.

Quick Tip: Evaluating Web Accessibility on iDevices

If you have an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, you have a screen reader. VoiceOver comes built-in to all modern Apple touchscreen devices. VoiceOver can be enabled in the device Settings, or by quickly pressing the Home button three times. The following core functions are available:

  • Read the entire page: Swipe two fingers upward
  • Stop reading: Tap with two fingers
  • Read through page elements: Swipe left or right
  • Open or modify the rotor (a list of elements which can be navigated): Twist two fingers on the screen and select from multiple rotor elements. Once selected, swipe up or down to cycle through the selected rotor element
  • Read from current location: Swipe downward with two fingers
  • Select an element: Press and drag finger to an item, or navigate to an item using another navigation gesture
  • Activate an item: Double tap
  • Zoom: Triple tap

Basic web accessibility evaluation (checking alternative text, form labels, heading structure, reading and navigation order, etc.) can easily be performed on any Apple touchscreen device.

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