Blogs & Articles

Culmination of long and short-form blog posts circled around the topic of accessibility compliance, inclusivity, and disability.

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Opening Links in New Browser Windows and Tabs

Carefully examine the user’s context, task at hand, and next steps when deciding whether to open links to documents and external sites in the same or a new browser tab.

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Manuel Matuzovic Blog

Follow Manuel's blog for any front-end accessibility guides, tutorials, and resources.

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Web Axe

Blog and podcast on web accessibility

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HBO Max adds key accessibility feature for visually impaired users

The service now offers audio descriptions for content, which describes what is happening on the screen beyond the dialog and sound effects. This feature is joined by multiple other changes intended to improve accessibility.

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Designing for Global Users

How does the World Service go about designing and delivering to 40 million users a week in 40 languages?

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There's no such thing as a website or web app that doesn't need to be accessible

In many countries around the world, accessibility is a legal requirement. It’s quite literally your job—your professional obligation—to build website and web apps that are accessible.

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5 Ways to Make Your Communications More Inclusive

Communication is one area where you can make a real difference in how connected and involved everyone in your organisation feels. Our communications, internal and external, are incredibly visible. As a result, they can come to define your organisation’s culture and so must communicate your approach to inclusivity too.

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Start using inclusive language with your team and customers

Inclusive language impacts almost every aspect of a business: attracting and retaining customers, hiring and keeping talented people, increasing productivity, and driving innovation. To get started, you need to understand why inclusive language matters, and how companies use it. You must also develop tactics to get your team to embrace it.

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Captioning Reading Experience Survey Results

Captions are more than just adding text. Captioning is an art and not something that can be learned overnight.

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ADA 30th Anniversary - A Perspective from a Deaf Accessibility Consultant

Accessibility is not charity. It’s a cost of doing business just like any other business expenses. Also, accessibility is not one time thing to be resolved at the end of the project. It cannot be magically solved by all technologies.

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Why build accessible products?

It’s important to make a product applicable, handy, and inclusive for people with different abilities.

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Special Needs vs Disabled? The "new" term to say instead of Special Needs

It’s not new at all. Disabled. Disability. It’s ok to say the word.

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Designing accessible products

An accessible product — in it’s simplest sense is making sure that all of your users can consume your content. The products we work on are designed with the perceived majority of our users in mind — users who do not experience any difficulty in using a web or mobile application.

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Disability Inclusive Usability Testing

Remote communication as a new norm.

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Color Craft & Counterpoint: A Designer’s Life with Color Vision Deficiency – A List Apart

So, what is it like to be color blind and also work in the web design and development industry?

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Ash Guillaume's Notes - Creative South 2019

We have a responsibility as a community to hold each other accountable, and push our benchmark for world class design higher.

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Beyond the Binary: 5 steps to designing gender inclusive fields in your product

As a primer: one’s gender expression, gender identity, and gender assigned at birth may or may not be one and the same. Rather, people may have an infinite variety of gendered experience in the world.

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An environment designed to suit every body is better for all

At every turn, the design of our environments either creates barriers or opens doors. Let’s design a more humane world.

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Accessibility Evolution Model: Creating Clarity in your Accessibility Journey

We’re often asked what the secret is to our approach to accessibility and inclusion at Microsoft. The simple answer is, we manage it like a business.

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'Disabled': Just #SayTheWord

To be seen for who we are in our own right, and for what we experience, is, I think, a desire common to everyone.

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13 Books To Buy Your Child If You’re Trying To Teach Them About Disabilities

Books to help raise awareness for any age.

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Verizon is First Telecom Provider to Join Be My Eyes

Blind and low-vision Verizon customers can now contact their mobile provider through Be My Eyes for questions about accessibility.

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Good, Better, Best: Untangling The Complex World Of Accessible Patterns

By taking a bit more time to critically think about patterns and choose the most accessible ones, we will undoubtedly create a more inclusive space to reach more users — on their terms.

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Accessible Text Labels For All

On improving eCommerce experiences for screen reader users without breaking them for speech-input users.

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How to Support Disability in your Diversity & Inclusion Efforts

The truth is, if you’re not factoring in disability inclusion into your hiring process, your company is lagging in innovation.

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4 signs your product is not as accessible as you think

For too many companies, accessibility wasn’t baked into their products from the start, meaning they now find themselves trying to figure out how to inject it retrospectively. But bringing decades-long legacy code and design into the future isn’t easy (or cheap).

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How to design inclusive digital solutions

Over the last few years, there is a growing focus on inclusion in digital solutions. There is a need for acceptance, empathy and most importantly equality. Unfortunately with many digital products, inclusion is still just a design afterthought.

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Pitching accessible and inclusive design solutions

We shouldn’t have to pitch the need to integrate this into our digital work process. Building solutions that are inclusive is part of our responsibility as designers. Everyone should care about creating solutions that a bigger audience can use.

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Designing for Dyslexia

While there are several dyslexia-specific things you can do to help someone with dyslexia better process language, I have pulled out the 10 tips that will make your website more inclusive to dyslexic users while improving usability overall.

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How To Code for Accessibility in Web Apps

Coding is a unique line of work when you look at its capability for inclusion.

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Legibility in User Interfaces Guide

Sometimes, users find it hard to read microCopy on a mobile or desktop screen either because the characters are cluttered, hazy, or too small to read.

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Comparable experiences

The starting point for inclusive design.

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UK Disability Survey - Our analysis, advice and more

This survey is hard to complete from the point of view of an able-bodied individual. Getting through it was, honestly… very painful, and what we’re about to focus on is scraping the surface. Let’s take a look at some of the issues.

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Building an Accessibility Library

Making accessibility a feature, not a fix.

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Why I blocked

I mean, quite honestly, I’m not a fan of AccessiBe at all. Partly because I’m involved with so many legal cases involving their product as an expert witness it’s starting to make my hair Grey.

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Inclusive Design: Build for all, By all

Inclusive design shouldn’t be a movement we have to make way for, it’s always been a part of creating, innovating, and designing.

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Designing Tesco’s new grocery app

We want the new app to innovate grocery shopping and thinking of accessibility from the start.

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Accessibility is making things simple with simpler efforts

Why would you want to make something that some people can’t use? Digital accessibility is the ability of a website, mobile application or any electronic document to be easily perceived, understood, navigate by a wide range of users, including users with disabilities.

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Digital Accessibility Benefits Everyone

At the dawn of a digital economy, accessibility experience (AX) can enhance the user journey and thoughtfully designed websites and apps with empowering solutions pave the way for a more inclusive world.

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Do accessible websites still need to support Internet Explorer 11?

In this blog I’ll explore both sides of the case for continuing to develop for IE11, the problems that it causes, the features that it offers (including accessibility features), but also the challenges people may face if developers don’t build for it.

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First Steps Toward Virtual Meeting Accessibility

Ensuring accessibility and inclusivity must be top of mind as you plan and execute virtual events. Digital accessibility is a complex subject, but understanding some basic elements is a starting point.

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There is no “Myths of Color Contrast Accessibility”

When you need to work on interfaces, color contrast is a real thing you have to take into account to make it accessible. You have the right to be afraid of losing part of the aesthetics of your beautifully well designed interface, and you are right if you are used to poor contrast ratio. Accessibility comes with its constraint, but not much more than UX (User Experience) Design.

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Accessibility auditing and pushing for more

An example of the feature set not being right (for accessibility) is: If you provide a listing of TV programs, a small proportion of which are audio described, a make-or-break feature is to show which have audio description.

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An Introduction to Inclusive Design

We can apply the idea of inclusive design when building products for the web. Let’s take a look at a some practical examples.

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What is Digital Accessibility?

In this article, you'll learn about digital accessibility and why it is important to incorporate aspects of digital accessibility into websites.

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The three components of accessibility

Accessibility means different things to different people but accessibility is not just a single thing. We can broadly divide it into three components: emotional, functional and technical.

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Building Accessibility into Your Design System

Imagine going about your online activity — paying bills through your bank, buying tickets to go to your favorite band’s show, or scrolling through your social media feed. Now imagine that, as you’re doing this, the website gets stuck in frustrating dead ends, the checkout flow won’t let you complete your purchase, and there is a clear mismatch between how you use technology and how interfaces are designed.

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10 Ways to Improve Accessibility on Websites and Social Media

Many of the tips don’t require you to know code, only to know that certain features are available on the applications you use that help make your posts and updates accessible to everyone.

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Sustainable accessibility

It takes time and effort to embed sustainable accessibility into an organisation. It cannot be achieved through disconnected activities like assessments or training (although such things can be useful in their own right); sustainable accessibility needs a co-ordinated and evolving plan that encompasses every aspect of the organisation.

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Android Apps for the Deaf: Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier

Two new assistive apps coming to Android provide audio boosting and near-real-time text-to-speech translation for the deaf and hard of hearing.

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The Internet Is for Everyone, Right? Not With a Screen Reader

Blind users have been fighting for a more inclusive web for over 20 years. Are lawsuits like the one against Domino’s going to make a difference?

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Alt attributes like paragraphs

Accessibility, I finally made the simplest of all connections: alt text is like a paragraph. Word pictures. Basic I know, but it helps me contextualize how to write good alt text as well as source order of my code.

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Accessibility devices at CES 2021 reflect growing focus on inclusive tech

A traditionally overlooked space is finally getting some of the attention it deserves.

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How to Design for Accessibility? Why is it important?

That’s reason enough why we must always build accessibility and demand in any digital project. We have to confirm that individuals have access to digital content that has inclusive experiences for all users.

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Tips for making accessibility a core design principle

Good accessibility depends on the choices you make from the beginning of the project, and sometimes those choices can't be unmade.

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Accessibility and Me

Find where you can help and get involved. Accessibility is not just a front-end engineering problem.

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Criticisms of "Quick-Fix" Website Accessibility Products Highlighted in New Lawsuit

Amidst the thousands of lawsuits filed over the past few years alleging business’ websites and mobile apps are not accessible to blind individuals, businesses have scrambled to find ways to make their websites and apps accessible.

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On Overlays as a means of resolving website accessibility issues

It is important to keep in mind that an overlay is really just applying JavaScript to the current UI to fix the existing accessibility issues.

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Colour contrast in UX

What makes colour contrast a part of UX?

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The no-mouse challenge

Not everyone out there relies on a mouse or a trackpad when using their computers.

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Jake Tracey's thoughts on accessibility and more

Thoughts on accessibility, user experience and technology.

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How to Prioritize UX Accessibility Principles in Design

Embedding accessibility and inclusive design throughout the product life cycle is a little like giving up smoking, said Leonie Watson, director of TetraLogical, a London-based inclusive design agency.

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The Web Accessibility Introduction I Wish I Had

Before the rest, I must correct one major thing my past self got wrong about accessibility for too long: accessibility affects all users, not just those with stereotypical disabilities. Accepting this means realizing accessibility is about building for stress cases.

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Tips For Online Shopping With Disabilities

A Website Accessibility Guide

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8 steps to inclusive web design

Accessibility is a human right, and in some countries, the law. In fact, 2018 saw a huge increase in web accessibility lawsuits. Now designers are starting to realise that web accessibility is a must. With that in mind, here are eight top tips for ensuring your web design is optimised for accessibility and as inclusive as possible.

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Anatomy of a Web Accessibility Audit

Diagnosing a website for accessibility and fixing any issues that are uncovered is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor.

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Space for Empathy

Sometimes we don’t need more complex solutions, we need thoughtful ones. Building websites is challenging. There’s never enough time or resources. It’s easy to stick with what’s known and what works.

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Become an A11y Advocate! In the battle for an inclusive internet.

Accessibility does not only benefit disabled users

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Everything You Need to Know About Captioned Videos

The complete guide to captioned videos.

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8 Ways To Be An Ally To The Disability Community

Learn about different models of disability. Understand what ableism is and how to detect it. Discover the million reasons why accessibility matters.

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Accessibility tips from the BBC

What do the BBC, accessibility and the Tardis have in common?

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How we made GOV.UK more accessible

To improve the accessibility of GOV.UK, we needed to find where the problems were.

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What If Accessibility Was Also Inclusive?

It’s hard to articulate what it feels like to spend a lifetime being told that you are not allowed. Not always in so many words, but in gestures, in spaces, in thoughtlessness.

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More accessible defaults, please!

Useful HTML elements like date inputs and <video> could make the web a much better place, if browser accessibility bugs in their implementations were prioritised.

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aria-label, aria-labelledby, and aria-describedby: What's the Difference?

ARIA is a set of HTML attributes designed to tweak how a webpage is exposed to assistive technology. It can be… a lot.

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Accessible to some

Your website, app, or new feature is only half as good if only some people can access it. Consider inclusion and diversity from the very beginning and test properly.

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Accessibility — The Ethical Responsibility

Accessibility is the responsibility of each one of us, together we can make the web a lot more accessible.

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The inspirational case for web accessibility

Instead of asking me why I care about accessibility, I wonder if we could instead all ask ourselves if we could stand to care a little more?

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How to Get Started on Accessibility Before You Have a Product

You’ve heard about accessibility. You know what it means. Why it’s important. But you don’t know where to start, especially because you don’t have a product yet.

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The three levels of accessibility

There are 3 crucial points throughout a project where accessibility should be influenced. Each level supports the next and depending on its execution will vary in strength. For example, if level 1 was poorly executed it would be difficult for your users to reach the 2nd level or your product altogether.

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Color blind friendly palettes for data visualizations with categories

This palette is a “Set of colors that is unambiguous both to colorblinds and non-colorblinds”.

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How to make your design accessible?

Fortunately, we’ve seen some great improvements and focus on accessibility in recent times. It’s far from ideal but it’s getting better every day and that’s something we can push for.

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Do you test for screen reader compatibility?

The short answer is: "Yes and no".

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What would an ethical overlay look like?

Under what circumstances would an overlay product be considered “ethical”?

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Restaurant website accessibility falls short at a critical time

As I write this, 97% of the US population is under stay-at-home orders, which means that unless a person is an essential employee or performing an essential function, they must stay home. All 50 states are in a State of Emergency.

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Color Accessibility Workflows

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (http://bkaprt.com/caw/03-01/) 2.0 contain recommendations from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for making the web more accessible to users with disabilities, including color blindness and other vision deficiencies.

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Accessibility guidelines for UX Designers

As a UX designer, it is important to build empathy and celebrate accessibility requirements as a set of design constraints to build a better product.

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Webflow accessibility: a step-by-step guide to making your site accessible

Although building a site with Webflow takes care of many https://sayyeah.com/digital-insights/web-accessibility-book/ design, and code accessibility considerations, there are a few extra steps required to make a fully accessible Webflow website.

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The true cost of universal accessibility

We have a long road ahead to an Accessible Web, and it comes with a significant backlog of work to be done. However, today’s development practices ensure that this backlog will grow exponentially — unless we measure it and address it soon.

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Accessibility checklist

Accessibility checklist to design products that people will love… and use

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Inclusive Design: How to Make Your Visuals Accessible to All

Infographics are an incredibly effective way to quickly convey your message. However, if you don’t keep the user in mind when creating your infographic, your message may not reach everyone that it could otherwise.

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Accessibility certifications: separating what IS good from what just sounds good

People are increasingly posting that they (or their products) have been recently received a certificate in some accessibility-related topic.

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Contrasting Accessibility with Color Contrast

How do we make it better as a community of designers and developers? We must think about these folks and this is where the need for accessibility in the process comes in.

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Accessibility Programming Guide for OS X: Testing for Accessibility on OS X

It is a tool for checking foreground and background color combinations of all DOM elements and determining if they provide sufficient contrast when viewed by someone having color deficits.

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Best video conferencing apps and software for accessibility

Video calling apps can help maintain connection and community online, even if you’re unable to in person. Here's an overview of the best video conferencing apps for accessibility.

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Accessibility of Web Components

Presentation made by Marcy Sutton that talks about accessibility of web components.

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Understanding accessibility requirements for public sector bodies

Making a website or mobile app accessible means making sure it can be used by as many people as possible.

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Doing a basic accessibility check if you cannot do a detailed one

The first step towards meeting the new accessibility requirements involves evaluating how accessible your website is.

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Checklist to avoid the most common accessibility errors

This isn’t a comprehensive guide to accessibility, but we’ll look at ways to avoid the most common accessibility errors identified by the WebAIM accessibility analysis of the top 1,000,000 home pages, and the HTTPArchive 2019 Web Almanac analysis of 5.8 million pages.

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Dropping Support For IE11 Is Progressive Enhancement

If you’re a web developer working today, it’s probably long passed time for you to stop transpiling your modern JavaScript into ES5 for Internet Explorer. Any time or effort spent getting your JavaScript working in IE11 is wasted time that could be better spent making a better experience for users without JavaScript.

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Why and How to Start Manual Accessibility Testing

Automated tests only work for those things that can be tested programmatically and objectively, such as the existence of alt tags, whether color contrast ratios are high enough, and the existence of form labels.

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Making Documents Accessible

Word processing documents must be designed so that people with and without disabilities can easily access and edit them. In particular, people who are blind, people with low vision, and people with dyslexia may use a screen reader or Braille device to navigate the document.

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Creating Accessible Data Visualizations on the Web

Data visualizations are graphic representations that cut through the volume of data to deliver insights. Charts, graphs, and other visuals abstract the underlying data to help people identify patterns and unpack complex information. Adding accessibility features to visualizations is essential for providing the same insights to people with disabilities.

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How to create better, more accessible WordPress themes

Data visualizations are graphic representations that cut through the volume of data to deliver insights. Charts, graphs, and other visuals abstract the underlying data to help people identify patterns and unpack complex information. Adding accessibility features to visualizations is essential for providing the same insights to people with disabilities.

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Writing Accessible Content

Good start for accessible site is using accessibility ready themes and plugins. I have written technical overview how to build accessible themes. But that alone is not enough. Writing accessible content is big part of having accessible site.

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a11y is web accessibility

When you read it regularly, you start to notice that there’s an ebb and flow to the kinds of things that get brought up. People post ideas and observations, followed by reactions, counter-reactions, meta-reactions, subtweets, side and backchannel conversations, etc.

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Which Video Conferencing Tools Are Most Accessible?

Since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, the rate of development in video conferencing has accelerated in a business that already had frequent releases. Major product announcements are happening weekly, and Zoom is releasing patches nearly daily, along with a major upgrade to Zoom 5.

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Global Digital Accessibility Developments During COVID-19

What impact has COVID-19 had on companies across the UK and beyond? I’ve been hosting a series of monthly webinars with senior accessibility guests from global brands such as Microsoft and ATOS, and UK giants like Barclays and Sainsbury’s.

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Your “hamburger menu” button is inaccessible. Here’s how to fix it

Do you have a hamburger menu on your website? You probably do. And why wouldn’t you? It helps unclutter a busy website on mobile. However there’s a problem. It’s not accessible if you haven’t actually put the time and effort to do it so.

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How to Use ARIA Roles, Properties, and States in HTML

In this beginner’s accessibility tutorial we’re going to learn what ARIA is, why it is necessary to write our HTML with ARIA in mind, what ARIA roles, properties, and states are, and (very importantly) the 5 rules of ARIA use.

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Designing for diversity

Inclusive design is often confused with simply designing for people with disabilities. However, true inclusive design is much more than this — it is about designing for as diverse a range of people possible.

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How Users Read on the Web

They don't. People rarely read Web pages word by word; instead, they scan the page, picking out individual words and sentences.

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8 common questions about accessible UX

Inclusive design is about serving all types of people, and being exceptionally aware of our biases when creating designs. If you’re doing it right, you’re building a product that is usable for people from all backgrounds, including people with disabilities. The truth is inclusive design is just better design.

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When will open source care about accessibility

Here’s a short breakdown. I don’t care to go into it in depth, because, honestly, I couldn’t care less that non-disabled WordPress fans and WordPress staff are upset by this decision. Let them be pissed for a while. They deserve to have their ego bruised.

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Creating accessible color systems for human eyes

I think we all agree that colors are simply hard. We work with digital devices by looking at our screens through human eyes. These often don’t go along very well.

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Accessibility and video on-demand streaming services

The Big Hack's Inclusive League Table compares the most popular UK video streaming services and the services they provide for their disabled customers.

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5 misconceptions about accessibility that harm people and products

Why build accessible products? Understand how important it is to design a product with respect to accessibility principles.

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How retailers can make their digital presence more accessible

Creating an online experience that's usable for the visually impaired.

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Accessibility for Vestibular Disorders

Accessibility can be tricky. There are plenty of conditions to take into consideration, and many technical limitations and weird exceptions that make it quite hard to master for most designers and developers.

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Responsive Design for Motion

WebKit now supports the prefers-reduced-motion media feature, part of CSS Media Queries Level 5, User Preferences. The feature can be used in a CSS @media block or through the window.matchMedia() interface in JavaScript. Web designers and developers can use this feature to serve alternate animations that avoid motion sickness triggers experienced by some site visitors.

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Your interactive makes me sick

Why your coolest scrolly features can cause problems, and what to do about it.

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A skip link on Squarespace and a little about z-index

Injecting accessibility features into existing websites can be a challenge.

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Easy Captions for Content Creators

You made a video! Maybe it’s your first, maybe it’s your 500th. Whatever the case, you have a video and now it needs captions. But…how do you get captions? And why do you need them? And if you’re uploading it to YouTube, surely the auto-captions provided by YouTube will suffice, right? Wrong.

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How Educators Can Support Accessibility

Online education stands a real chance to level the playing field for disabled people when it comes to access to education, but only if schools don’t insist on applying their strict (and quite often absurd) traditional education accommodation policies to online programs.

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How screen readers navigate data tables

When a table is created using the appropriate HTML elements (or ARIA roles) screen readers can inform users about the characteristics of the table, and users have access to keyboard commands specifically for navigating tabular content.

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Five Ways to Write Better Alt Text

It’s easy to write minimally-compliant alt text. Just stick anything at all in there and automated testing tools will be happy. But if you actually care about providing high-quality experiences for blind users (which you should), writing alt text is a lot more challenging.

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Designing Accessible eLearning Courses

Accessibility eLearning development has evolved from Web accessibility. Web accessibility is about making content, applications, websites, or any form of digital content that can be accessed over the internet by anyone from any place in the world.

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A Good Reminder of the Importance of Web Accessibility

The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.

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Gutenberg Accessibility Costs WordPress the W3C Work

As the W3C has embarked on a full web property rebuild, its vendor (Studio24) indirectly announced earlier this month that it had dropped WordPress from consideration as a CMS.

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Apple iOS 14 Accessibility Features

Apple iOS 14 accessibility features.

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Apple Takes Accessibility Features to the Next Level in iOS 14

Not only did Apple take the time to focus on interacting with your iPhone physically, but there are some extra new features. These include audio improvements along with some extra goodies for those who use AirPods.

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Persuading stakeholders and higher ups the importance of accessibility

Making the case for accessibility is the most challenging part of the process. We believe there are three main levels that require change for this to happen—getting your peers on board, changing the way your team works, and finally changing your organisation’s systems and processes.

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9 ways to make social content accessible

You don’t need me to tell you that digital things need to be accessible (again). Accessible products and services are both a moral imperative and the law.

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Intro to Accessibility

Accessibility may be more than a moral imperative to ensure products are inclusive of more people who already experience barriers in daily life — it has a very practical outcome, benefiting everyone including the person with the disability.

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12 Screen Reader Facts for Accessible Web Design

Designing for accessibility, and specifically for screen readers, is a skill every UX designer needs.

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Adobe unveils ambitious multi-year vision for PDF: Introduces Liquid Mode

As we build future PDF experiences, our long-term vision is centered around bringing more Adobe Sensei technology into all of our document products and services.

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How GovTech created a web accessibility testing tool

Meet the GovTech team working to embed inclusion and accessibility into webpage design and software development

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Accessibility is not like drowning

Accessibility is not like drowning. I mean it obviously isn't, but let me explain why I'm comparing the two.

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For many, accessibility is an unknown unknown

An unknown unknown is something you don’t know you don’t know. When you’re just starting out with web development there are many unknown unknowns. You don’t know enough about what’s possible to know what the right way to do things is. Accessibility is one of them.

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Pivoting to fully remote accessibility testing

People with disabilities are more likely to have requested part-time or full-time WFH as a reasonable accommodation. However, those were individuals who wanted to WFH and, more importantly, emotionally invested in WFH.

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How to discuss accessibility during a design/UI/UX interview or portfolio review

Portfolio reviews are the penultimate step in the design/UI/UX interview process. It’s a chance to show your work, defend your decision making, explain your creative process, and allow your work to speak for you.

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Accessibility and Design Thinking don’t work together automatically

Under the universal/inclusive design doctrine, you design for all users and, therefore, do not call out the needs of the users with disabilities.

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There is no “myths of color contrast accessibility”

When you need to work on interfaces, color contrast is a real thing you have to take into account to make it accessible. You have the right to be afraid of losing part of the aesthetics of your beautifully well-designed interface, and you are right if you are used to a poor contrast ratio. Accessibility comes with its constraint, but not much more than UX (User Experience) Design.

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Building an Accessible Product

Accessibility is a hot topic, and everyone is pushing to make their products more accessible. Whether you’re looking at it through a design, technical, or managerial lens, the task of taking a product from zero to accessible can be very daunting. We have recently gone through this process on the Inbox team at Hootsuite and want to share some of the knowledge we’ve gained.

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What is Focus in Web Accessibility?

Some users use the keyboard primarily, and do not or can not use the mouse to interact with the computer (e.g., someone with physical motor coordination and control challenges).

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Please Take Accessibility Seriously

The internet is, theoretically, a place that can be adapted to suit people with different accessibility needs.

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UX Design Colour Psychology, Theory & Accessibility

Colour is an interesting topic, which I feel is often overlooked and sometimes under-appreciated. One of the first things I was taught was the power of colour, how it can have an impact on human emotion, and that there should be purpose behind choosing one.

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How AI Can Influence Accessibility

Thoughts on establishing best practices in AI ethics and creating an inclusive digital future.

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10 ways to start your inclusive, accessible design journey

How do you integrate inclusive and accessible design practices into your work, so that it becomes almost Business As Usual? Here’s 10 ways that help recognise inclusion, learn from diversity, and be more innovative with the technology we create.

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Overlays and Plugins Aren’t the Answer to Accessibility

Website accessibility overlays and plugins aren’t the answer to accessibility and compliance, despite being touted as an easy, automated solution for web designers and developers and their clients. They present a plethora of problems.

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Design With Accessibility in Mind

Most designers don’t think about accessibility, but it affects branding, design, documents and websites. It’s a great way to differentiate yourself from other designers while helping your clients reach more people and legally protecting them.

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Color choices that are accessible

Color is a foundational element in any creative work.

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Using the Ipad to Support Dyslexia

When using an iPad to support pupils with literacy difficulties such as dyslexia, there is a temptation to head straight to the Apps Store to download the latest dedicated 'dyslexia app'.

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Co-creator of Apple VoiceOver talks importance of accessibility tech

Dean Hudson, accessibility technical evangelist at Apple, was part of the original team behind VoiceOver.

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Let Accessible UX Principles Shape Everything You Do

Embedding accessibility and inclusive design throughout the product life cycle is a little like giving up smoking, said Leonie Watson, director of TetraLogical, a London-based inclusive design agency. Everybody knows it’s the right thing to do, but it seems almost impossible until you summon the will.

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A History of Section 508 Accessibility

A history timeline of Section 508.

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Pros and Cons of 5 Web Accessibility Tools

While the need for web accessibility was not envisioned when the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law 30 years ago this summer, ADA web accessibility has emerged as a top-of-mind topic and a fundamental necessity.

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Connecting UX With Digital Accessibility Strategy

An inclusive UX design process has other potential benefits. Team members become more sensitive to the diversity of human needs when making decisions. Processes, resources, and tools emerge to support designing for user diversity.

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Designers should avoid pure black typography — but which dark gray should we use?

I’ve learned something important from this experience with what would seem not such a critical task to many designers. But in reality, reading discomfort could make or break your product, especially if you are content dense application that relies heavily on reading.

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What to look for in an accessibility audit

An accessibility audit is a combination of automated and manual testing done by accessibility experts using assistive technologies in various testing states. A detailed audit is a thorough review of accessibility that provides full coverage, that automated testing alone cannot provide.

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Let’s make Accessibility sustainable at scale

When you hear the word ‘sustainability’, do you immediately think of the environment, green energy and windmills?

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Make apps for everyone

When it comes to mobile apps, I would say that accessibility is something that’s closer to UX than to the development phase. That’s because accessibility has to start from the design. We have to design and develop apps with accessibility in mind.

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7 things I learned from Q&As with accessibility leads in big tech

In the midst of the lockdown, I had virtual conversations with Taylor Krut [Amazon], JoAnna Hunt [Amazon], and Matt May [Adobe] about a11y, and gained some early career insights in this field that I think could be useful for any 0–3 years old designers who wish to make their work more inclusive.

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Accessibility on Digital Adoption Platforms — A user’s delight, but a developer’s challenge

Accessibility helps users to access and use web applications despite any disability while Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are the standard guidelines proposed by W3C for an application to be an accessibility complaint. Sometimes it also helps users to effectively use a web application with only one input device (keyboard).

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Cookie banners and accessibility

Yes, these do matter, especially if you are using a cookie banner to handle your privacy disclosures, super especially if you can be sued in California.

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Building for usability, not just accessibility

In the digital world we come to the same crossroads, do we design for most users or all users?

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The Newbie’s Introduction to Web Accessibility

Accessible websites should be as ubiquitous as ramps on sidewalks. Why do so many lack access to the internet, and what can you do to help?

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Writing HTML with accessibility in mind

An introduction to web accessibility. Tips on how to improve your markup and provide users with more and betters ways to navigate and interact with your site.

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9 Myths About Accessibility. Most designers don’t know about

Find out 9 myths about accessibility and why you and your clients should care.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Manual Accessibility Testing with the Keyboard and Screen Readers

Madalyn Parker wrote an extensive guide on how you can test manually with the keyboard and screen readers for accessibility.

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How to Build Accessible HTML Forms

Proper steps to creating forms for the web, how to think about the code we write, and considerations to make along the way.

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Web Accessibility Tip: Visually hidden text for screen-readers

How to hide text from sighted users yet still allow screen-readers to read it and how to improve accessibility for those accessing your website with a screen-reader.

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Building Accessibility into your React App

Some of the tips and guides on how setting up automated accessibility audit tool for React applications that will help you build and create accessible React apps.

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Using Accessibility Best Practices in Android Development

When you develop Android apps with accessibility in mind, you make the user experience much more better for users with accessibility needs.

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How to talk to stakeholders about web accessibility

Show your stakeholders everything your company has done and is doing, the wonderful world of accessibility they are joining, and that they are already a part of the solution.

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Accessibility Challenges in an Emergency

It is crucial to consider the challenges your users may face in unexpected situations and take steps that ensure your system will remain accessible when needed most.

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Up Your A11y

A blog that focuses on tutorials & resources for developers seeking to build accessible web experiences.

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Making Twitter more accessible

Serving the public conversation means continuously taking steps to make Twitter more accessible – from what we build to the internal programs and policies we implement globally – and this must include people with disabilities.

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The User Is Out There

Research and Intel on Inclusive Website Design.

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Accessibility In Chrome DevTools

This article will demonstrate some useful features in DevTools which can help you improve the accessibility of your website.

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Accessibility Tips for Web Developers

It's awesome to build sites that are inclusive and accessible to everyone. There are at least six key areas of disability we can optimize for: visual, hearing, mobility, cognition, speech and neural. Many tools and resources can help here, even if you're totally new to web accessibility.

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The Big Hack

Making the digital world better for disabled people.

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One Line of Code Will Not Save Your Accessibility Status

If you could fix all the accessibility problems in a website by simply inserting one line of code, would you really do it?

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Color and contrast accessibility

If you have good vision, it's easy to assume that everyone perceives colors, or text legibility, the same way you do—but of course that's not the case.

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NN/g Accessibility

Articles, videos, reports, training courses, and online seminars by NN/g.

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Debunking the Myths about Dyslexia

There are many signs or clues to dyslexia which are discussed in depth; however it is also important to be aware of the misconceptions and myths surrounding the disorder.

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A UX Copywriter’s Guide to Accessibility

When we build robust web experiences we need to build them for the actual, real people who use them.

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Inclusive Color Sequences for Data Viz in 6 Steps

Before choosing colors at random, slow down and determine a color sequence that is accessible, reproducible, and jointly works with the product palette.

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Color for everyone

In a world where millions have a vision impairment related to color, successful design requires designers to accommodate eyes of every kind.

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Accessibility: 4 easy-to follow methods

Being aware about accessible design and helpful methods! Tips on how to make information we constantly upload on the Web accessible.

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Accessibility drives aesthetics

Accessibility doesn’t sacrifice aesthetics.

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Web Accessibility: Colour Contrast

In order to ensure your web application meets or exceeds WCAG AA be sure to consider colour contrast from the outset and put processes in place to monitor it.

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Removing barriers: How Liliane Canvas Control is empowering designers in the face of disability

How Liliane Canvas Control is empowering designers in the face of disability

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ARIA: poison or antidote?

How lying to screen readers cures accessibility, when it doesn't rub salt in it!

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100 Days of A11y

Learning all things web accessibility in 100 days

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Stark Blog

Follow the Stark team as they continue to build a product that goes beyond accessibility.

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The difference between aria-label and aria-labelled

The aria-label and aria-labelledby attributes do the same thing but in different ways. Sometimes the two attributes are confused and this has unintended results.

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5 most annoying website features I face as a blind person every single day

Holly Tuke listed the 5 annoying website features she face as a blind person every single day

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5 Tips on Designing for Accessibility

Be mindful of color. Color plays an important part in design. It’s a powerful way to convey emotion in your designs or create a specific mood.

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Accessibility: 7 best practices to get you started

Accessibility matters a lot. Here's why.

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Abstract Accessibility

Accessibility, responsibility, and ethics in design.

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A11y Coffee

Pick your serving size of web accessibility information. What is web accessibility and why is it important?

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Accessible By Design

Accessibility is an important consideration of building a better web.

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The World Needs Web Accessibility Now More Than Ever

Kelly Bron Johnson listed some guidelines to follow to build your website more accessible.

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Covid Reminds Us That Web Accessibility Helps All Users, Not Just The Disabled

Understanding the real numbers benefiting from digital accessibility.

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Accessibility Testing is like Making Coffee

In accessibility testing, and when making coffee, we are shooting for the smoothest experience. We want to get to the essence of the thing we’re making. We want to filter out the grit and bitterness and include everything that makes our final product enjoyable.

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Disability Impacts All of Us

An infographic that shows how disability impacts not one or two people but all of us.

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EDUCAUSE Continues to Support Accessible Instructional Materials Legislation

While the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law thirty years ago, EDUCAUSE continues to work with lawmakers and other stakeholder groups to advance the availability of accessible instruction materials and related technologies.

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Writing Alt Text for Data Visualization

You probably can’t write text that conveys the entire meaning of a chart. But, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try.

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An introduction to accessibility

A truly accessible website is inclusive of every potential user. It covers differential abilities of all shapes, sizes, and permanence.

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Designing For Accessibility And Inclusion

The more inclusive you are to the needs of your users, the more accessible your design is.