February 2016 Newsletter

Feature

What will it take to move the needle of change?

What began as a peek into a potential grant opportunity resulted in disappointment, and a question for us all to ponder.

News

WebAIM Web Accessibility Training

Only a few seats remain available for our training to be held April 12-13, 2016 in Logan, Utah. Register now to secure your seat.

Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Web Accessibility Lawsuit Against Harvard and MIT

A lawsuit claiming discrimination due to multimedia without captions will proceed.

Resources

Accessibility: Why I got into this and why I'm still here

My manager asked me to make the company's website accessible to people with disabilities. And when I realized how artificial yet systemic the barriers were that prevented this website from being fully accessible, a lifetime accessibility zealot was born.

Monitor Accessibility Errors on Your Ecommerce Site with Scrapy, WAVE

In just a few lines of code, ecommerce businesses can monitor individual store pages, searching for potential web accessibility problems that might make it difficult for shoppers with disabilities to browse for products or make purchases.

Captions and YouTube

Basic steps to edit YouTube captions for increased quality.

Short note on improving usability of scrollable regions

You can make an element scrollable using CSS overflow property, problem is that typically the content cannot be scrolled using the keyboard.

Quick Tip: ARIA labels on empty buttons

It is becoming commonplace to use aria-label on empty buttons and links, such as ones that present a font icon or a CSS background image. While the ARIA label will now be read by all major screen readers, this does not fully address potential accessibility and usability issues. If an end user disables images or styles, or if the background image or icon font does not load, sighted users will be presented with nothing or perhaps an empty button. This can pose a significant issue because buttons and links are usually critical elements within a page. When possible, buttons and links should always present true text (or images with alternative text) for optimal accessibility.

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