Dennis talks briefly about a couple of his recent presentations, a few other presentations and articles, and has a great conversation with Katherine Lynch.
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- Busy new day job for Dennis at PayPal.
- Two recent presentations by Dennis. Shout out to Norm Coombs of EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information) and John Croston (@jfc3) for putting on the Accessibility DC meetup.
Discussion with Katherine Lynch.
Katherine Lynch who works for Drexel University Libraries in Philadelphia. Katherine is a Drupal and accessibility professional and has done many presentations and written many articles. Find her on Twitter at @katelynch. Dennis and Katherine discuss her recent article 5 Teaching Mistakes Accessibility Advocates Make:
- We assume that others don’t know anything.
- We assume that others know too much.
- We get hung up on one cause of accessibility.
- We try to convert people who don’t need converting.
- We blame people for not already knowing.
After a long delay, a comprehensive how-to article on web accessibility by Web Axe creator Dennis Lembree is finally published: 25 Ways To Make Your Website Accessible. (The Shortened URL is http://weba.im/25axs) Each method listed includes a succinct explanation and also an image to help convey the point. The points are:
- Consistent Layout and Structure
- Add Alternative Text to Images
- Use Page Headings
- Use Headings Properly
- Skip Links
- Link Content
- Link Awareness
- Be Careful With Title Attribute
- Keep the Underline
- Make All Links Accessible to Keyboard
- Show Link Focus
- Add ARIA Landmark Roles
- Validate Mark-Up
- The Three Tiers, and Progressive Enhancement
- Use List Elements for Lists
- Use More Than Color to Convey Meaning
- [Sufficient] Color Contrast
- Mark Up Data Tables Correctly
- Make Changes to Content Clear
- Now, About That Flash…
- Provide Transcriptions
- Add Captions
- Appropriate Language
- Test Through Multiple Methods
Here is my feedback on a recent article A Complete Beginner’s Guide to Web Accessibility on 1stWebDesigner.com. Some good points, but I’d like to clarify a few things:
- Item 1 is good, I think the main point is “follow conventions”, to continue established design patterns. This may be beneficial for those with cognitive disabilities, but it’s somewhat more of a usability issue rather than accessibility.
- For Item 2, remember that a text-alternative is now frowned upon; it’s almost always not equal content, nor a comparable experience. Also, many Flash websites can now be done with accessible HTML/JS/CSS.
- Don’t agree with your point on Pagination. Not directly related to accessibility, but again, more of an opinion on usability.
- For item 4, I think the point is to use semantic markup. A great place to start!
- On item 7, the point is that you should use relative sizing and layout (EM, %) instead of absolute (PX, PT).
- For 8, you’re pointing to WCAG1, which is now outdated. You want WCAG2. Also, for testing, auto tools are handy, but it’s always best to have real users test. And many items MUST be checked by a human, such as proper alternative text.
If you missed it from Twitter a month-and-a-half ago, Steve Grobschmidt (@AquinasWI) published an interview with accessibility expert Jennison Asuncion (@Jennison) in a 3-part series. It’s published on Steve’s blog “the art of web accessibility”. I recommend reading the interview as well as checking out Steve’s blog. Both Steve and Jennison are excellent contributors to the web accessibility community.
Another set of great links on web accessibility for March 2010. In addition, see below for post-CSUN links, roundups and presentations!