October 2014 Newsletter

Feature

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

To celebrate WebAIM's 15th birthday, we're releasing a new WAVE Chrome Extension and giving free access to the WAVE API.

News

Should TEACH Act language appear in the Higher Education Act? NCDAE and WebAIM weigh in

Our thoughts on proposed updates to legislation for higher education accessibility.

WebAIM Web Accessibility Training

WebAIM's next training will be held January 27-28, 2015 in Logan, Utah.

Resources

PDF accessibility starts with the author

While optical character recognition can provide some accessibility to inaccessible PDFs, relying on it is not a sound accessibility decision.

Rough Guide: browsers, operating systems and screen reader support – Updated

Steve Faulkner provides a rough guide and documentation on which screen readers and browser combinations work best.

Designing Better Keyboard Experiences

David Sloan and Sarah Horton provide sound guidance for ensuring optimal keyboard accessibility.

Accessible HTML video as a background

Emma Sax described the accessibility and compliance concerns of background video, especially when it auto-plays.

Quick Tip: Avoid Using Too Many Links

A page with a large number of links can be very difficult for some users to navigate. Screen reader users, as well as some users with cognitive disabilities, may be overwhelmed by the number of links that are presented. Users with motor disabilities may find navigation tedious (imagine navigating through 100 links using a stick in your mouth), and the effectiveness of speech recognition software can be diminished (e.g., Dragon NaturallySpeaking has difficulty with pages that have more than 200 links).

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