November 2014 Newsletter

Feature

WebAIM's 15th Birthday, WAVE Chrome Extension, and Free API Access

To celebrate WebAIM's 15th birthday, we've released a new WAVE Chrome Extension and are giving free access to the WAVE API until the end of 2014.

News

WebAIM Web Accessibility Training

WebAIM's January training is full. Our next available training will be held April 14-15, 2015 in Logan, Utah.

Resources

Ridiculously easy trick for keyboard accessibility

Karl Groves outlines an easy, yet often overlooked, aspect of keyboard accessibility.

HTML5 Accessibility analysis

Steve Faulkner has updated the html5accessibility.com site to reflect the current state of browser support for accessibility.

Learn to Do It Yourself

Adrian Roselli discusses the importance of empowering others to build and maintain accessibility vs. simply fixing things for them.

Practical ARIA Examples

Heydon Pickering has created a nice set of nine widgets that utilize ARIA for optimal accessibility.

Accessibility Tunnel Vision

"Accessibility is a design constraint. Treat it like one. I don't mean that in a negative way, but in the sense that a constraint forces us to push boundaries and think ahead."

Quick Tip: Using Headings in Microsoft Word

A good heading structure is probably the most important accessibility consideration in the majority of Microsoft Word documents. Headings allow screen reader users to navigate through the page easily and make the page more usable for everyone. Many people do not use true styles in Word. For example, when creating a heading, they simply change the font, enlarge the font size, make it bold, etc. If this is done, the document has no real structure that can be discerned by a screen reader. In Word, the correct way to provide structure is to use Word "Styles" panel. You can also add 1st, 2nd, or 3rd level headings using Ctrl + Alt + 1, 2, or 3 (Cmd + Option on a Mac).

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