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Link Roundup – April 2010

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Podcast #74: Awards, Events & Back to Basics

A super special podcast:

  • First time face-to-face recording between Dennis and Ross.
  • In Santa Cruz, California.
  • 4-Year Anniversary for Web Axe.

Download Web Axe Episode 74 (Awards, Events & Back to Basics)

[transcript of podcast 74]



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.


Main Segment

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.

Other topics:

  • Alt text for non-textual elements.
  • Tables
  • Forms
  • JavaScript
  • Device-Independence
  • Visual impairments
  • Audio
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Creating Usable and Accessible PDFs

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 News on December 2.

Her ten detailed guidelines are:

  1. Use a structured source document
  2. Save/export document as tagged PDF
  3. Add title, author, subject and keywords
  4. Add bookmarks
  5. Initial view
  6. Specify the reading language
  7. Correct the reading order
  8. Use PDF Optimizer
  9. Enable Adobe Reader features
  10. Check accessibility
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Ajax and Web Accessibility Presentation

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.

Ajax and Web Accessibility Presentation

Adding the PDF file: Ajax and Web Accessibility Presentation (PDF)

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Podcast #62: Web Accessibility News

Dennis and Ross discuss a variety of recent web accessibility news and events.

Download Web Axe Episode 62 (Web Accessibility News)

HTML 5 and Accessibility post — comment from Laura Carlson of Web Standards Group with great info and links.

WAVE toolbar and blog available

Reference Card for Accessible PDF Creation from Word from the Adobe Accessibility blog by Andrew Kirkpatrick (Download Reference Card)

For Review: UAAG 2.0 First Public Working Draft

Joe Clark has released the (final?) update to the WCAG Samurai’s errata. Also see The WCAG Samurai Errata are now available.

Moving WCAG 2.0 to the next stage (W3C March 2008 Update)

Radio New Zealand Interview of Shawn Henry, February 2008

Are Lists Becoming the New Tables?

IE8 announces change in “version targeting”:

CSS Globe, 11 Good Accessibility Tips

SXSW panels of note:

The Digital Bus – a blog about digital marketing