November 2015 Newsletter

Feature

WAVE Updates and Future Plans

This month, WebAIM released a notable update to the WAVE web accessibility evaluation tool. Both the online version and the Chrome extension have been updated.

News

WebAIM Web Accessibility Training

We still have seats available for our training to be held February 2-3, 2016 in Logan, Utah. Register now to secure your seat.

Fall 2015 Update: More Delay for DOJ Web Regulations

On November 19, 2015, The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) gave an update about pending regulations regarding the accessibility of websites. As the agency has done many times before, the update boils down to a five letter word: Delay.

Resources

How Our CSS Framework Helps Enforce Accessibility

Ian McBurnie of eBay reminds developers that a user interface control not only needs to look like a certain control, it must be described as that control too.

HIKE: Our quick, simple accessibility primer

Facebook shares their new accessibility primer, named HIKE. The primer teaches some essentials of web accessibility through simple exercises.

Mobile Browser Support for ARIA Roles, States, and Properties

Jonathan Avila outlines the current state of mobile browser support for ARIA.

Quick Tip: WCAG 2.0 and Reading Level

It is always a good idea to make content as readable and understandable as is suitable for the audience. For complex content (defined as that which requires a reading ability more advanced than the lower secondary education level), WCAG 2.0 Success Criterion 3.1.5 (Level AAA) requires that a more simplified and readable version of the content be provided. Much content cannot be made perfectly understandable at these levels (consider a college-level chemistry class, for example), thus it's a Level AAA success criterion. Regardless of the limitations for some content, for a page to be optimally accessible, it should be written so as to be easily readable and understandable to the target audience.

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