April 2018 Newsletter
WebAIM's PowerPoint article has been significantly updated to reflect the current status and tools for supporting accessibility.
Registration is now open for the June 26-27 WebAIM web accessibility training in Utah.
"The takeaway for website owners, operators and developers is that bona fide, meaningful accessibility improvements by a third party website accessibility consultant or developer provides a meaningful defense, recognized by a growing number of courts."
Accessibility is often regarded as some kind of magical skill that is poorly understood and requires an expensive cleanup crew to fix. It's time to fix that.
A list of public places where we can ask for accessibility help and get our questions answered.
One thing we love to argue over in tech in general, but especially where it intersects with disability, is terminology. The concepts of accessibility, inclusive design, and universal design are often intertwined.
Accessibility lenses are a filter that we can use to understand how different aspects of the design affect the needs of the users. Each lens presents a set of questions to ask yourself throughout the design process.
In September of this year a directive for web accessibility will become law for EU member states.
Quick Tip: Basic Screen Reader Testing
Using a screen reader can be a bit daunting, but it does not need to be overly difficult. The WebAIM site has articles for getting started with testing using JAWS, NVDA, and VoiceOver. With just a few keyboard commands you can easily listen to your web page to identify issues such as missing or incorrect alternative text, improperly labeled form controls, and misaligned reading order. You can then perform basic navigation (typically the Tab key on the keyboard) to navigate the page. Then try navigating structural elements on the page, such as headings and regions. If you have an iOS device, you can typically triple click the Home button to start VoiceOver, then do a two-finger downward swipe in Safari to listen to the page. This basic testing can often help you identify potential accessibility issues.