WebAIM - Web Accessibility In Mind

February 2020 Newsletter

WebAIM is celebrating 20 years of improving online accessibility for individuals with disabilities.

#WebAIM20th Fun Fact: In the last 20 years, over 40,000 messages have been posted to the WebAIM discussion list resulting in approximately 70 million distinct emails distributed to list subscribers!


Decoding Label and Name for Accessibility

Ensuring interface elements have a WCAG label and an accessible name is a commonly misunderstood aspect of compliance. This article breaks down these terms and provides examples of why both are critical for optimal accessibility.



WebAIM has several presentations at the CSUN conference held March 9–13 in Anaheim. We hope to see you there!

WebAIM Training

Registration is open for the next WebAIM technical training to be held April 22-23 in Logan, Utah.


A Complete Guide to Links and Buttons

There is a lot to know about links and buttons in HTML. This comprehensive guide covers code, best practices, and things to avoid.

Understanding Web Accessibility Color Contrast Guidelines and Ratios

Stacie Arellano explains how contrast works and how to ensure colors are used to ensure good accessibility.

Dropdown Menus 2020: Menus are not menus

Terrill Thompson provides an update to a series of articles on web menus and navigation.

Link Targets and 3.2.5

Regardless of what accessibility conformance level you target, do not arbitrarily open links in a new window or tab. If you are required to do so anyway, inform users in text.

Building an accessible autocomplete control

Adam Silver explores the complexities of autocomplete widgets.

Could browsers fix more accessibility problems automatically?

It would be pretty useful if browsers could give users the power to override the web, so that they can browse it better.

Quick Tip: Write for your target audience

As you write, keep your audience's characteristics in mind and write accordingly. You should write differently for a classroom of first-graders than you would for a committee of post-graduate scholars. In addition, you should consider people's areas of expertise, even if they have the same level of education. Cultural and gender differences can also play a role in defining a target audience.

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