- Accessible Documents in HTML, Word & PDF by @terrillthompson from the Digital Accessibility Expo.
- Open letter to to U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary by @johnfoliot with feedback & accessible testimonies from a government hearing on digital accessibility.
- Are sprites accessible?
- Accessibility BOF (birds of a feather) Notes from DrupalCon in San Francisco.
- Cognitive Web Accessibility Assessments: Lessons Learned So Far
- Designing Accessible & Usable App UI for Mobile Phones – slides from #CSUN10 presentation by @berryaccess
- W3C update to HTML5: Techniques for providing useful text alternatives by @stevefaulkner.
- An ode to ‘Click here’ and to other phrases forcing reading back for context.
- Juicy Studio Accessibility toolbar is updated by @gezlemon. Supports ARIA, color contrast, more. (Firefox)
- U.S. Access Board’s proposed 508 & 255 standards & guidelines (Draft Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standards and Guidelines)
- Expand and collapse content accessibly with progressive enhancement, jQuery, and ARIA
- Do I Have to Learn Programming to Make My Site Accessible? (Even Grounds)
- Slide presentations from W4A (7th International Cross-Disciplinary Conference on Web Accessibility)
- Expand and collapse content accessibly with progressive enhancement, jQuery, and ARIA.
- White House promising more attention to 508
- Do we need a new game plan to make the Web accessible? (be sure to read comments)
A super special podcast:
- First time face-to-face recording between Dennis and Ross.
- In Santa Cruz, California.
- 4-Year Anniversary for Web Axe.
- Affordable niche advertising!
- Web Axe Nominated in 2009 .net Awards (twice!)
- Accessible Twitter winner of the the ACCESS-IT 2009 awards.
- Are PDFs More Important Than Web Accessibility?
- Interview with Jamie Knight: autism and accessible web design
- HTML5 Canvas element and Accessibility
- Google Chrome Frame – accessibility black hole
If a page is viewed through Google Chrome Frame in Internet Explorer no content is available to the user of assistive technology (AT). This can be illustrated using the Microsofts accexplorer tool.
- Attended OpenWebCamp at Stanford
- Fall Web Accessibility Events
- Two Free Events in October
- An Event Apart, San Francisco 2009
- Future of Web Design 2009 NYC
WCAG 2: Remember P.O.U.R.: Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, Robust
- Perceivable – Interface elements can not be invisible to users.
- Operable – Users must be able to interact with the interface.
- Understandable – Users must be able to understand with information and the interface (cognitive).
- Robust – Must be usable by a wide range of user agents and assisstive technologies.
Use P.O.S.H.: Plain Ol’ Semantic HTML
- Use headings and properly.
- P is for paragraph.
- blockquotes for quotes (not indentation).
- Use lists for lists, menus, etcetera.
- Definition Lists.
- Use strong and em tags versus b and i.
- Alt text for non-textual elements.
- Visual impairments
Deborah Edwards-Onoro, a key member of Refresh Detroit, has posted an excellent article, Ten Tips for Creating Usable and Accessible PDFs. It has even been highlighted in the Acrobatusers.com News on December 2.
Her ten detailed guidelines are:
- Use a structured source document
- Save/export document as tagged PDF
- Add title, author, subject and keywords
- Add bookmarks
- Initial view
- Specify the reading language
- Correct the reading order
- Use PDF Optimizer
- Enable Adobe Reader features
- Check accessibility
Here’s the link to my presentation at the Accessing Higher Ground: Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference tomorrow in Boulder, Colorado. It’s a Google Doc presentation.
Adding the PDF file: Ajax and Web Accessibility Presentation (PDF)
Dennis and Ross discuss a variety of recent web accessibility news and events.
Reference Card for Accessible PDF Creation from Word from the Adobe Accessibility blog by Andrew Kirkpatrick (Download Reference Card)
Moving WCAG 2.0 to the next stage (W3C March 2008 Update)
Radio New Zealand Interview of Shawn Henry, February 2008
IE8 announces change in “version targeting”:
- Surprise of the year: IE8 will use Standards mode by default
- Microsoft Backflips on Browser Version Targeting
SXSW panels of note:
- Accessible Rich Media (Sharron Rush)
- Targeting Your Web Site: Accessibility Litigation Update (Mike Wasylik)
- Catching up with Accessibility: The Basics Quickly (Shawn Henry)
- Dell’s Blog about SXSW Accessibility topics
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