In December 2017, results of Screen Reader User Survey #7 by WebAIM were released. The survey was conducted in October and had 1,792 valid responses. The survey had less respondents than the previous survey, but had better world-wide representation.
- Primary screen reader usage: JAWS 46.6%; NVDA 31.9%; VoiceOver 11.7%.
- CAPTCHA remains the most problematic item.
- The second most problematic item is now “Screens or parts of screens that change unexpectedly”. This is surely due to complex designs and SPAs/JS frameworks.
- Web accessibility basics (keyboard access, alt text, forms, headings, data tables) are still in top 10 of most problematic.
- When asked if more accessible web sites or better assistive technology would have a bigger impact on accessibility, 85.3% responded more accessible web sites.
- Sadly, frequent use of landmarks and regions dropped to 30.5%. WebAIM states that this may be “due to infrequent or improper usage of landmarks/regions in pages”.
- 33.3% reported using Braille output with a screen reader.
- 41.4% reported using an external keyboard with a mobile device and screen reader.
I highly recommend you also read WebAIM’s summary of Screen Reader User Survey.
Here’s a great list of accessibility books. Feel free to submit any others in comments.
- Accessibility For Everyone, by @LauraKalbag, A Book Apart 2017
- Color Accessibility Workflows, by @HelloGeri, A Book Apart 2017
- Inclusive Design Patterns—Coding Web Accessibility Into Web Design, by Heydon Pickering (@heydonworks), Smashing Magazine 2016
- Apps for All: Coding Accessible Web Applications, by Heydon Pickering (@heydonworks), Smashing Magazine 2014
- A Web for Everyone—Designing Accessible User Experiences, by Sarah Horton & Whitney Quesenbery, Rosenfeld Media, 2013
- HTML5 Accessibility, by Joshue O Connor (@joshueoconnor), 2012 (older, but much of it still relevant; my review)
- For nostalgia’s sake: Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance, multiple authors, Friends of Ed, 2006
The web/digital industry certainly moves fast, and arguably even more so in the accessibility field. Here are some good resources to help keep you updated.
Know any others? Please leave a comment.
The inaugural Accessibility Toronto Conference was a big success! The event was held September 28-29, 2017 in the TELUS building in downtown Toronto. (Toronto has been a leader in conducting accessibility “camps” but this was the first “conference”.) Major thanks to the event organizers and sponsors.
Addendum Nov 6, 2017: AMI Inside: a11yTO Conference (YouTube)
Here are resources for many of the presentations. Feel free to add any to the comments.
- The 7th #a11yTOCamp is scheduled for November 18 at @OCAD. Follow @a11yTO for more info.
- Great moment: Makoto strips off his flannel shirt and proudly displays a Toronto Blue Jays baseball jersey which was hidden underneath!
- Personally, it was great meeting some folks in person for the first time whom I’ve know online for years, especially @vavroom. Also met some great new folks!
- I also really enjoyed visiting Toronto—a very clean, fun, friendly, and diverse city!
Below are some selected tweets from the conference. The event’s account is @a11yTO and the hash tag is #a11yTOConf.
Here are some great Digital Accessibility events coming soon! One in Canada and the rest U.S. (Scotland appended.) Please feel free to submit more via comments.
- IAAP Accessibility Certification Exam Study Party, at Deque Systems in Herndon, VA, September 13.
- Added: Bay Area Accessibility and Inclusive Design meetup, at StubHub in San Francisco, CA, September 21.
- Added: Accessibility Scotland, Friday 22nd September, COSLA Conference Centre, Edinburgh.
- Accessibility Camp Seattle in Seattle, WA (Seattle Central Library), September 23.
- Accessibility Toronto Conference in Toronto, Ontario, September 28-29. #a11yTOConf (author of Web Axe will be speaking)
- Boston Accessibility Conference in Cambridge, MA, October 7.
- Accessibility Bootcamp, Baltimore/DC, in Linthicum, Maryland, October 10-11, with @KarlGroves.
- Accessibility Camp Bay Area in San Francisco, CA, October 21. @A11yCampBay #a11yCampBay
- 2017 ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium in Washington D.C., October 25-27
- 19th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and
Accessibility (ASSETTS) in Baltimore, MD, October 30 – November 1.
For more follow @webaxe and @a11yevents on Twitter.