Some aspects of digital accessibility can be straight-forward. But many are complex and can be subjective, especially when interpreting WCAG 2.0 guidelines. The following tweet is humorous because there’s a strong ring of truth to it—if you ask 10 accessibility specialists you will get 20 different answers.
Inconsistency in accessibility reporting can be a big problem in an organization and its employees. In the white paper A11Y Wars: The Accessibility Interpretation Problem, Glenda Sims (@goodwitch) and Wilco Fiers (@wilcofiers) do a deep into this issue. Topics in the paper include:
- Summary of Findings
- Causes of Interpretation Problems
- Causes of WCAG 2.0 Interpretation Differences
- Accessibility Peace Model
The paper proposes an “Accessibility Peace Model” which helps clearly define the perspective your organization is using for accessibility testing. This will reduce inconsistencies in accessibility testing and reduce the natural tension between the goals of users, designers, developers, testers, trainers, project managers, and executive employees. In turn, this will save much time, hassle, and ultimately lower costs.
The Accessibility Peace Model recognizes that there are different, equally valid, ways to use WCAG 2.0. To get consistent results, organisations should define with what perspective they want their tests to be done. This is by no means the only measure that needs to be taken to ensure consistency, but it does make discussions on interpretations significantly more effective.
If your organization is serious about accessibility, consider reading A11Y Wars: The Accessibility Interpretation Problem.
This white paper was presented by Glenda and Wilco at CSUN 2018 in San Diego, CA, and are also presenting on the topic this week at AccessU 2018 in Austin, TX.
Here’s a great list of upcoming events relating to web accessibility.
- Monday, April 23, 2018
London Accessibility Meetup
- April 24, 2018
Accessibility vs. Usability
Montréal, Quebec, Canada
- April 24, 2018
#a11yTO Spring Social
- April 25, 2018
Building Inclusivity into the Drupal Project
Webinar via Drupal Groups
- April 26, 2018
PDF and ePub accessibility in InDesign & Hugo
a11yYOW – Ottawa Digital Accessibility and Inclusive Design
- May 1, 2018
Enter The Dragon (Drop): HTML, ARIA, and Accessible List Reordering
Ann Arbor Web Accessibility meetup
Ann Arbor, MI (Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery)
- May 2, 2018
Ask the UXperts: Building Accessible Apps – Amir Ansari and Kelly Schulz
Webinar by UX Mastery
- May 3, 2018
The Legal Year in Review: Accessibility Trends in Higher Ed
Webinar by 3Play Media
- May 8, 2018
Fringe Accessibility Techniques (That Probably Shouldn’t Be)
Portland Accessibility and User Experience Meetup
- May 9, 2018
Basic Web Accessibility for Developers
Webinar by INDATA/Easterseals Crossroads
- May 10, 2018
Research + Accessibility
- May 14-16, 2018
John Slatin AccessU Conference
Austin, TX (St. Edward’s University)
- May 17, 2018
Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) Events
☞ Numerous events!
- May 17, 2018
An Introduction to Screen Readers
Webinar by Deque Systems
- May 17, 2018
Webinar by This Dot
- June 12, 2018
The Raleigh-Durham Web Design Group
- June 28-29, 2018
Oklahoma City, OK
When testing web accessibility, missing visual focus indicators is a “violation” of 2.4.7 Focus Visible. And when it fails, it also makes other checkpoints difficult to test (for sighted testers) such as focus order.
To get around this problem, here are a few tools to help force a visual indication of keyboard focus. Keep in mind that sometimes the tool doesn’t work, usually due to extremely poor markup and lack of keyboard access entirely.
Do you know any others?
More on visual focus indication:
Another CSUN Assistive Technology Conference has come and gone. Below are some great resources and tweets from the conference. Watch the keynote by Dan Goldstein via YouTube. Read my CSUN 18 preview.
Next year the event will move a bit north to Anaheim, California. CSUNATC19 is planned for March 11 to 15, 2019 at @AnaheimMarriott.
The 33rd annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference will be held March 19-23, 2018 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, California. (It’s reportedly the last year in San Diego as the conference will move back to the LA area in 2019.) The keynote speaker is Daniel Goldstein, an attorney who has been involved in the field of disability rights for almost 35 years. If you can’t make it there, catch the keynote live stream on YouTube (5:30 PM PST Tuesday, March 20).
Here are session schedules by companies well-known in the digital accessibility industry:
Lainey Feingold (@LFLegal) will be presenting her very popular Digital Accessibility Legal Update a few times, in large rooms, so everyone can attend, yay.
- Deque Party and Accessible Karaoke: Palm Foyer, Wednesday, March 21, 6:30-10:00PM.
- 3rd Annual aXe Hackathon; Saturday, March 24th 10:00AM-3:00PM, at Downtown Works, 550 West B Street (short distance from conference venue).
- Microsoft Reception: Thursday, March 22, 7-9PM, Seaview Room (lobby level).
- Google party, if you’re lucky enough to get an invite (not very inclusive!)
Web Axe author Dennis Lembree (@DennisL) will be co-presenting two sessions:
If you’re new to the CSUN conference, you may want to check these out: