WebAIM - Web Accessibility In Mind

May 2018 Newsletter


Survey of Web Accessibility Practitioners #2 Results

The results of the April 2018 WebAIM Survey of Web Accessibility Practitioners are now available. A summary of notable results is available at on the WebAIM blog.


WebAIM to offer a document accessibility course

WebAIM has created a new four-week course on document accessibility. The independent-study course covers critical aspects of accessibility for Word, PowerPoint, and PDF. The first four-week session will begin in July, and repeat each month.

WebAIM Training

Registration is now open for the August 21-22 WebAIM web accessibility training in Utah.

Education Department Sued Over New Approach to Civil Rights Complaints

The U.S. Department of Education can't just ignore and fail to investigate civil-rights complaints from those who repeatedly file such complaints, says a lawsuit filed against the department from three advocacy organizations.


Managing focus for accessibility

Rob Dodson provides an excellent primer on focus management for single page web applications.

Gaining buy-in for accessibility in your company

How designers (or anyone) can build more accessible experiences, even when they are receiving pushback over other priorities.

Short note on getting spaced out with SC 1.4.12 Text Spacing

Steve Faulkner's easy-to-use bookmarklet for testing WCAG 2.1's new Text Spacing success criterion.

Know your ARIA: 'Hidden' vs 'None'

A primer on appropriately using aria-hidden='true' and role='none/presentation'. They each do very different things to elements, but their purposes are sometimes confused by developers.

Inclusion Doesn't Stop at Accessibility

Inclusion is a great and necessary goal to aspire to, but it should never be used to obscure the fact that exclusion, particularly based on any given person’s appearance, heritage, biological makeup, or any other aspect of their humanity, is odious by its very nature. We invoke inclusion as a term to dig us out of a hole, but we must always remember that the hole is still there.

Quick Tip: Office Accessibility Checker

All up-to-date versions of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint now include an accessibility checker. This checker can help identify obvious accessibility issues in your document - and can help you fix them. To run the Checker on Windows, open the File panel, then on the Info tab click "Check for Issues", then "Check Accessibility". On Mac, click "Check Accessibility" on the Review tab on the ribbon.

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