July 2015 Newsletter

Feature

Review of CommonLook PDF GlobalAccess

We have significantly updated our article on the CommonLook tool for remediating PDF accessibility.

News

WebAIM Web Accessibility Training

Our next WebAIM training will be held October 6-7 in Logan, Utah.

Resources

aria-live: the good, the bad and the ugly

Russ Weakley provides an introduction to aria-live - an attribute which can help with making dynamic web content screen reader accessible.

Five Goofy Things Medium Did That Break Accessibility

Medium Engineering recently had an accessibility fixit. We found some goofy things! But we’re trying to do better. We wanted to share some of what we found.

How some hard truths helped us start improving the Podio experience for the visually impaired

After meeting a visually impaired Podio customer, front-end developer Peter Muller realised how much we needed to do to improve the Podio experience for the blind.

Styling Forms Accessibly

Forms. They're everywhere, from ecommerce to healthcare. Amanda Cheung explains how to make sure forms are accessible to everyone.

Practicing Web Accessibility Differently

You can begin to solve the hard accessibility problems by focusing on the decisions, people and processes around accessibility. Then, it becomes something you can do.

Quick Tip: Avoid Duplicate ARIA Roles

All HTML elements have a native role that is exposed to screen readers via assistive technologies. ARIA allows us to change or add roles to HTML elements. However, there is no added functionality or accessibility provided if the supplied ARIA role for an element is the same as that element's default role. <button role="button"> or <input type="checkbox" role="checkbox"> is extra mark-up with no purpose, yet has the potential for problems if the role is incorrect or is not updated when the element markup is changed.

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