A11y

Supreme Court weighs in on web accessibility

By Pat Kogos on October 14, 2019 in A11y, News

“In a potentially far-reaching move, the justices turned down an appeal from Domino’s and let stand a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling holding that the Americans With Disabilities Act protects access not just to restaurants and stores but also to the websites and apps of those busin...

WebAIM Releases Screen Reader Survey #8

By Pat Kogos on September 30, 2019 in A11y, News

In August and September 2019, WebAIM conducted a survey of screen reader users. Highlights include: Primary screen reader used: NVDA (40.6%); followed closely by JAWS (40.1%) Most common way to find information using a screen reader: Navigating headings (68.8%) How likely is it that PDFs will cau...

Quick Tip: Capitalize Words in Hashtags

By William Emery on March 14, 2019 in A11y, Quick Tip

When using hashtags in your social media post capitalize each word. This makes it easier for screen readers to each word separately. #EasierToReadWhenCapitalizingEachWord

A11y in Higher Education

By Pat Kogos on August 27, 2018 in A11y

“To meet the needs of all users, colleges and universities must weave a mind-set of accessibility into institutional culture, using a process that includes all parts of a campus… Most people in education understand that the accessibility of electronic resources is essential, not only ...

Welcome WCAG 2.1

By Pat Kogos on August 27, 2018 in A11y

On June 5, 2018, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. WCAG 2.1 builds upon the previous WCAG 2.0 guidelines, and is “intended to provide a better web experience for three majors groups of individuals: users with cognitive or learning...

iOS 11 Accessibility Updates

By William Emery on September 21, 2017 in A11y

iOS 11 was released on September 19. Apple continues to improve its mobile operating system by adding or enhancing accessibility features. The following are examples of some accessibility improvements now available. Smart Invert Colors A new option has been added to the color inversion feature ca...

Accessibility according to actual people with disabilities

By William Emery on July 31, 2017 in A11y

“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. Accessibility according to actual people with disabilities – Axess Lab

WCAG 2.1 Proposed Changes

By William Emery on July 5, 2017 in A11y

The first working draft for the WCAG 2.1 changes were released on February 28th, 2017. There are 28 proposed new success criteria. The existing 63 WCAG 2.0 success criteria will be grandfathered into WCAG 2.1. Here’s a sample of some of the proposed additions: Orientation – Requires authors not t...

What does “a11y” mean?

By William Emery on June 28, 2017 in A11y

When researching web accessibility online it is common to see a strange combination of letters and numbers, “a11y.” This is the accepted short version of the word “accessibility.” It is sometimes used in social media to tag posts as accessibility content where space is a p...