June 2017 Newsletter

Feature

Rethinking Color and Contrast

Jared Smith's presentation for #ID24 provides an in-depth look at how color and contrast impact accessibility, and how there's much more than is covered by WCAG guidelines. Be sure to check out the other 23 presentations at http://www.inclusivedesign24.org/.

News

Big Win for Blind Shopper in First U.S. ADA Web Accessibility Trial

A trial verdict has found retailer Winn-Dixie liable under Title III of the ADA for having an inaccessible website.

WebAIM Training

Registration is open for the WebAIM training to be held September 26-27 in Logan, Utah.

Resources

Tips for Making Accessibility a Core Design Principle

Accessibility pioneer Léonie Watson quizzes some of the web industry's most knowledgeable experts for their thoughts on making websites and apps more accessible.

The responsive order conflict for keyboard focus

Alastair Campbell highlights how the new CSS methods (Flexbox and Grid) impact keyboard and other users.

How to Make Your Website Accessible to People Who Use a Screen Magnifier

Frederik Creemers, a user of screen magnification software, provides tips for ensuring accessibility with this common software.

Accessibility According to Actual People with Disabilities

"If you have a disability, what’s the hardest thing about browsing the web?" The answers to Safia Abdalla's tweet are truly eye-opening and shows us what web accessibility should really be about.

Inclusive Design Principles

Our friends at the Paciello Group have released a set of guiding principles to help support inclusive design.

Quick Tip: Link Type Indicators

While not required by accessibility guidelines, it is a good idea to inform users when a link goes to non-HTML content (such as a PDF file or Word document). It can be frustrating to activate a link and then realize that the link requires an external program or viewer. An icon (with appropriate alternative text) or text, such as "(PDF)", is sufficient. It is vital that the link type indicator icon or text be placed within the link, otherwise this information is readily available to sighted users, but not presented as part of the link for screen reader users.

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