October 2013 Newsletter

Feature

New WebAIM Website

WebAIM has just launched a new website with new design and almost entirely updated content. Check it out at webaim.org.

News

WebAIM Web Accessibility Training

WebAIM's next web accessibility training is scheduled for January 14-15 in Logan, Utah.

Accessing Higher Ground

Join WebAIM's Jonathan Whiting and others in the accessibility field at this conference November 4-8. A virtual conference is also available.

Resources

Icon fonts and user-defined style sheets

Gez Lemon explains potential accessibility issues with icon fonts if users define their own user font styles.

Using the HTML5 section element

LĂ©onie Watson outlines proper and improper usage of this HTML5 element.

Easy Chirp 2 soft beta launched!

Early beta release of this popular and highly accessible Twitter client.

Using the WAVE Toolbar

This captioned video by Easter Seals Crossroads outlines how to use the WAVE toolbar (http://wave.webaim.org/toolbar) to evaluate web site accessibility.

Quick Tip: Accessibility, Code Validation, and WCAG 2.0

Valid code, meaning code that follows the HTML and CSS specifications, supports accessibility. Valid code, however, does not ensure accessibility. WCAG 2.0 does not require valid code (use the W3C validator to test your page), but does require that significant parsing errors (such as incomplete start and end tags, improperly nested elements, etc.) are avoided. While well-intentioned, if a code validation error results in a true accessibility issue for end users, it is almost always addressed elsewhere in WCAG 2.0.

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