WebAIM - Web Accessibility In Mind

January 2018 Newsletter


New accessibility 'cheatsheets' for Word and PowerPoint 2016

NCDAE (a WebAIM partner) has created four new accessibility cheatsheets. These single-page resources outline accessibility techniques for Word and PowerPoint 2016 for Windows and Mac.


WebAIM Training

Registration for the April 10-11 WebAIM web accessibility training in Utah is now open.


Responsive Web Design: Why one site can behave differently on different PCs and browsers

One question we get asked regularly relates to seemingly odd behavior, where you use a different browser on the same system, or your usual browser on another machine, and the site doesn’t behave as you expect.

Improving text readability for dyslexic users with skip-ink underlines

Designing an accessible interface is not only working on contrasts and colours for users with visual impairment. An accessible interface is built to be used by all kinds of users, including dyslexic people.

Why you can't test a screen reader (yet)!

To understand why automating tests for assistive technology is difficult, it helps to know a bit about the process your page goes through when it finally gets announced by a screen reader.

A Tale of Two Rooms: Understanding screen reader navigation

Ryan Jones provides a great analogy to help others more accurately understand what it is like for someone using screen reading software to navigate through a web page.

Small Tweaks That Can Make a Huge Impact on Your Website’s Accessibility

Andy Bell gives an excellent list of tips on small things that can make a big difference, while hopefully not affecting your development process too much.

Quick Tip: Responsive Design Support Accessibility

Zooming a web page can trigger tablet and phone responsive breakpoints, if they are defined. WCAG 2.1 (which is still in draft form) has a new success criterion for supporting reflow of web content when zoomed. This behavior can provide content that is optimized for low vision users - it will be enlarged on their screen while minimizing horizontal scrolling. Do, however, keep in mind that users may experience a tablet or phone view of your page while on a desktop or laptop computer. This necessitates that these responsive presentations of the page work with a keyboard and support other aspects of accessibility.

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