August 2014 Newsletter

Feature

Survey of Web Accessibility Practitioners - Sneak Peek

Next week WebAIM will release the full results of our July 2014 Survey of Web Accessibility Practitioners. Here are a few things we found of interest:

  • 41.5% of respondents without disabilities use Chrome compared to only 16.6% of those with disabilities.
  • 99.5% of respondents had JavaScript enabled.
  • Those in the web accessibility field are generally older, better paid, more diverse, and better educated than our peers in broader web design/development.
  • Those in the field are generally optimistic about accessibility advancements, though less optimistic than individuals with disabilities.
  • There are significant disparities between what motivates web accessibility practitioners and what they say motivates their organizations to implement accessibility.

There is much, much more insightful data in the survey results which will be published very soon.

News

WebAIM Web Accessibility Training

WebAIM's next web accessibility training will be held October 7-8 in Logan, Utah.

Resources

Organizations, accessibility, and change

Sarah Horton outlines some key factors that influence success in leading and governing change to integrate accessibility into culture and practice within an organization.

The Viking and the Lumberjack

Does humor belong in accessibility? It certainly does, especially when it involves Karl "The Viking" Groves and Billy "The Lumberjack" Gregory putting the A (or is it "eh"?) into Accessibility!

What ARIA does not do

This short post by Steve Faulkner highlights how ARIA should be used to enhance, not supplant or replace, standard HTML.

30 days with Android

Follow Marco Zehe on his 30-day attempt to switch to Android from iOS, and see how the experiment was cut short due to accessibility issues.

Quick Tip: Screen Reader and Browser Combinations

Most popular screen readers perform best with a specific browser. For example, JAWS for Windows typically performs best with newer versions of Internet Explorer. NVDA, a free screen reader for Windows, works better with Firefox. VoiceOver, the free screen reader built into the Mac operating system, will only really work with Safari. When evaluating web content for accessibility, ensuring that you are using the correct browser/screen reader combination will produce the best results.

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