February 2017 Newsletter

Feature

Alexa 100 Accessibility Updates

An analysis of the accessibility of home pages for the most popular sites shows a significant increase in web accessibility errors in the last 5 years. The home pages for these sites now average 40 obvious accessibility issues and 70 WCAG 2.0 contrast failures.

News

WCAG 2.1 First Public Working Draft Published

The W3C Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has released a draft of updates to WCAG 2.0. Be sure to also read David MacDonald's summary and instructions for posting comments.

Inclusive Design 24 (#ID24) – Call for presentations

The next Inclusive Design 24 (#ID24) event will be held on 9 June 2017 (starting at 12 midnight GMT) – and our call for presentations is now open!

WebAIM Web Accessibility Training

Only a few seats remain for the May 2-3 WebAIM training in Logan, Utah.

Resources

Va11yS

Va11yS, or Verified Accessibility Samples, is a repository of live working code samples that designers and developers can easily access to test with different assistive technologies and tools.

ARIA Widget Checklist: For Screen Reader Testing

A checklist for determining screen reader and browser deficiencies with the ARIA specification.

What we found when we tested tools on the world’s least-accessible webpage

A broad analysis of automated accessibility tool results on a wide array of accessibility issues.

How can I do this better?

Nothing makes us happier than knowing there are people out there just as eager as we are when it comes to making the digital world better for everyone.

Sounding out the web: accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing people [Part 1]

The largely visual nature of the web means that we tend to focus on supporting people who are blind or partially sighted. But deaf and hard of hearing people are often overlooked.

Quick Tip: Combining linked images and adjacent text

A linked image and adjacent descriptive text is very common on the web, such as for product images and product title text, or for employee photos and names. Most often the image and the text are within separate links, and the image very often does not have alternative text - and if it did, it would typically be redundant to the adjacent text. The most accessible solution is generally to combine the image and the text into one link (only one link per item rather than two), and if the text conveys the content of the image, the image should be given alt="".

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