- 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)
Another set of great links on web accessibility for March 2010. In addition, see below for post-CSUN links, roundups and presentations!
- Be Kind to the Color Blind – ColourLovers
- Why Captioning? – Stanford University
- Stop Using JAWS for Web Accessibility Testing? – Clear Helper
- Making the mobile internet accessible for all – ComputerWeekly
- NCAA college basketball tournament bracket – Terrill Thompson
- Problems with CAPTCHA and audio CAPTCHA alternative – groups.drupal
- What Is A Braille Display And How It Is Used – Even Grounds
- Call for speaker proposals for “13th Annual Accessing Higher Ground” conference. First round due April 2.
- Why websites shouldn’t accommodate disabled users – by Pete Love (e.g. use universal design)
- Accessibility Review: Target.com – by Joe Dolson (post lawsuit)
- Screen Readers And WAI-ARIA Landmark Roles – Léonie Watson
- Variations on Ginader’s [Awesome] Accessible Tabs – Accessible Culture
- Accessibility of Links by Steve Grobschmidt
- Web Accessibility Preferences Are For Sissies? – WebAIM
- Boston Accessibility Unconference is May 15
- Web Accessibility Fears and Ways to Conquer Them – Even Grounds
- CSUN Conference 2010 – great summary by Nicholas Zakas
- Insights into the 25th Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference – The DAISY Planet
- CSUN 2010 recap – Marco of Mozilla
- More Audio Coverage of CSUN 2010 – Blind Bargains [no transcriptions]
- CSUN photos from Dennis – a dozen or show snapshots
- Stanford Captioning System: A Workflow Model for Producing Captioned Media – includes link to PDF of presentation
- Download the Adaptech presentation on social media use & accessibility; view the entire survey, too.
- Importance of Accessibility for a Successful and Future-Proof Business – Artur Ortega of Yahoo
- Accessibility of Twitter – by and Joseph O’Connor and Dennis Lembree
Twitter And Assistive Tech
Dennis Lembree (@dennisl) and Joseph O’Connor (@csunwebmaster) are presenting “Accessibility of Twitter for Mobile, Desktop and Web” at the 25th Annual International Technology and Persons With Disabilities Conference in San Diego, California. The conference dates are from March 22 to 27. The presentation is scheduled at 8 a.m., Thursday, March 25.
You Can Help!
We are asking you to tweet about using Twitter with assistive tech on two topics:
- How do you deal with the interfaces?
- How has Twitter changed things for you?
Optional: audio record the written Tweets at http://twaud.io/ or whatever you want to use. If you do record, please be sure to record what you have written in each Tweet you write. Write a Tweet, record that Tweet. You don’t have to record your Tweets to participate.
This might be a good time to try Dennis Lembree’s Accessible Twitter site and to Tweet about the experience.
How We’ll Use Your Tweets
We will use the Tweets/audio in our #csun10 presentation. We’ll present the Tweets on screen and hear the words – something for everyone. We’ll be looking for patterns such as the use of desktop applications with ZoomText, or mobile text with Talks, or mobile app with VoiceOver. These patterns will be touch-points for our presentation.
The hashtag for these Tweets will be #csun10s with the “s” representing story.
When Do I Start?
The days/dates we’ll be collecting Tweets and audio are Friday, February 26 – Saturday, February 27 in the northern hemisphere; Saturday, February 27 – Sunday, February 28 in the southern hemisphere.
Feel free to be creative, to have fun, to be serious, to be furious, to be whoever you are. You know you want to do it!
On the first of February, Web Axe host Dennis Lembree gave a live webinar presentation “Twitter, Its Uses and Its Accessibility Issues” as part of the EASI Social Media Series. In addition to Twitter, the 4-part series covers Second Life, Facebook and YouTube. Here are the slides and an nice HTML version.
Here is the slide presentation embedded from Slideshare:
Wow, what a year! Too many topics to mention, but highlights include the growing usage of ARIA, Google’s good and bad, another screen reader survey by WebAIM, and the launch of Accessible Twitter! Below is a brief summary of this year’s happenings on Web Axe and elsewhere; please comment on anything I’ve missed, which I’m sure is a lot. Cheers to a great 2010!
Also, I want to say how proud I am to be a part of the wonderful web accessibility community which has grown larger and more intimate through conferences and “Web 2.0” tools, especially Twitter. -Dennis
Web Axe Podcast Highlights
- Podcast #75: Jeremy Keith Interview, Google Wave – two great topics!
- Podcast #74: Awards, Events & Back to Basics
- Podcast #71: Gez Lemon Interview & ARIA
- Podcast #69: Recovery.gov Site Review – the site’s been updated since, but many issues still remain.
Web Axe Blog Highlights
- Free Browsers for Visual Impairment
- CAPTCHA Alternatives and Articles
- Accessible Twitter Wins Award, Slidedeck
- For second year, Web Axe was nominated for best podcast in the 2009 .net Awards
- Visited the Yahoo! Accessibility Testing Lab
- Screen Reader User Survey Results (October)
- WAVE (web accessibility evaluation tool) is now available in Spanish.
- JAWS Ate My Tables
- Happy 10th Birthday to WebAIM!
- Automatic Captions in YouTube
- Google Apps now have even better support for blind users using WAI-ARIA
- Google Wave Preview Accessibility Review
- Universities reject Kindle DX as a textbook replacement
- Ebook Accessibility Issues Trouble OverDrive and Adobe
- Dolphin Computer Access makes eBooks accessible
- Quick (Accessibility) Tips (with links to blogs) from 456 Berea Street.
- W3C Cheatsheet
- WCAG 2.0 Tutorial from Even Grounds
Awareness & Victor
Victor Tsaran of Yahoo is now a “web celeb” after numerous articles appeared about him and Yahoo’s accessibility lab. Great web accessibility awareness! Here are a few of the articles:
- Web accessibility no longer an afterthought
- Efforts under way to make Web more accessible
- Accessible Experts: Victor Tsaran The Yahoo! Accessibility Manager