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event roundup

Upcoming Accessibility Events (mid-2021)

With CSUN and axe-con ending, what are other events or conferences are coming up? Here’s a list of upcoming digital accessibility events in mid-2021. Feel free to comment with more.

Also, check out my Twitter list of accessibility meetups around the world.

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jobs

Digital Accessibility Jobs, Jan 2021

More great opportunities in the field of digital accessibility.

As always, watch out for more job listings on Twitter via @a11yJobs, @EasyChirp, and me @WebAxe.

Jobs written on newspaper viewed thru magnifying glass

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code design roundup

Web Accessible Code Libraries and Design Patterns

Within a web development organization, it’s ideal to maintain (and enforce usage of) design patterns and a components library. And they should work together; design patterns create consistency among visual elements across projects and the components library creates consistent implementation of those patterns during development. This is especially important on several levels including accessibility.

Here is an extensive list of recommended code libraries, patterns, and design systems. It’s one list instead of separating by category as many have elements of each. There are also some related articles below. Please leave a comment for any updates, corrections, additions, etc.

Related resources:

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tools visual

Accessibility Rendering Tools in Chrome

There are a few great simulation tools in Chrome which invoke rendering of a couple CSS media queries and simulate several types of color blindness. These are great for testing the implementation of your accessible design! The features include:

  • Emulate CSS media feature prefers-color-scheme
  • Emulate CSS media feature prefers-reduced motion
  • Emulate vision deficiencies

Unfortunately, they are quite difficult to discover/locate, so here’s where to find them:

  1. In Chrome browser, open the Developer Tools.
  2. Select the “…” menu button in the toolbar.
  3. Select the “More tools” menu.
  4. Select Rendering; the Rendering panel appears in the sub-panel (next to Console if no others are present).
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the Rendering panel to locate the features.
  6. Select an option from the dropdown for each.

Happy developing!

Bottom on rendering sub-panel Chrome

Addendum

Great point by Chris Heilmann via Twitter.

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code design

Resources for developing accessible cards/tiles

The card pattern (also know as tiles and blades) has become quite popular over the last several years. There are many accessibility challenges that may arise quickly when web developers attempt to build them including:

  • Providing keyboard access
  • Providing an adequate visible focus indicator
  • Link text that’s not overly verbose for screen reader users
  • Using correct semantic markup, especially for the heading
  • Maintaining proper reading order
  • Not duplicating content

Here are a several great resources on building accessible cards/tiles and address these issues:

collage of 3 tiles