Most websites in North America and Europe now need to meet accessibility requirements. These include requirements described by Section 508 of the American Disabilities Act (ADA). They also refer to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0).
Follow these five easy steps to make your wireframes more accessible:
- One: Document the heading structure.
- Two: Document hidden way-finding cues.
- Three: Document focus order information and specify the visible focus state.
- Four: Provide clear link labels.
- Five: Design simple, usable forms.
...continue reading How to make your wireframes more accessible in five easy steps
Are you worried about 508 compliance? Do you have questions about how to meet web accessibility guidelines? Do you wonder what "ADA" and "WCAG" stand for? Here is a set of questions and answers that may help. I am commonly asked these questions. ...continue reading The “How not to get sued for inaccessibility” Q&A
This week, accessibility articles have gone back to the basics. In one article, TemplateToaster describes five ways to make your WordPress site accessible. In another, SiteImprove talks about how to incorporate accessibility compliance into the dev process. ...continue reading Accessibility this week: August 1, 2016
This morning I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Marcy Markusa of CBC Radio One broadcasting from Winnipeg, Manitoba. The interview is included in .mp3 format, and the transcript is below.
It is 6:13, it is school day number 2, and today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. And if you’re like most people in this technological world, you’re starting your day on a mobile device, I’ve already been on three myself, but not everyone has equal access to what’s on the web. It is because even the most user-friendly websites are rarely accessible websites.
Alison Walden is with SapientNitro, a digital marketing agency, and she’s here now to spread the word about the benefits of an accessible website. Good morning. ...continue reading My Live Interview on CBC Radio One for Global Accessibility Awareness Day
It's a common misconception that web accessibility can be ignored until development is almost complete, and then we can ask the developer to step in and fix all of the accessibility issues.
This is completely wrong. ...continue reading Creating accessible experiences starts with experience design
If you read my recent post Usability should include accessibility, then you already know that I am struggling with our definitions of things like usability, when so many websites that are recognized as being usable are not accessible for people with disabilities. It seems like we should be replacing the word "usable" with the phrase "usable for people who can operate a mouse and have good vision." Is that last thing something to necessarily celebrate? ...continue reading Why accessibility compliance should be a criterion in web design awards
This article is part 2 of my series, how to do an accessibility audit. It will give you step-by-step instructions to test a complete website for accessibility compliance. It assumes that the website you are testing meets the following criteria:
- The website has a content management system
- The website consists of a set of templates and components that are reused across the site.
...continue reading Six things you need to audit your site for accessibility
If you have found this page, you must be looking for a way to ensure the content you put online is accessible. Congratulations. In this post, I will show you some quick tests you can do to accomplish this.
...continue reading How to do an accessibility audit, part 1, the quick test
Merriam-Webster defines "usable" as "capable of being used." Oxford dictionary defines "usability" as "the degree to which something is able or fit to be used." These definitions do not specify who should be able to use that thing, but the implication is that the thing should be able to be used by everyone. Why then, is usability a different field than accessibility? Accessibility should be at the very root of usability. ...continue reading Usability should include accessibility
In honour of International Women's Day, I want to offer this shout out to women developers everywhere in the form of female developer avatars, courtesy of the very talented Rafael Castillo from SapientNitro. I noticed recently that I couldn't find any female depictions of web developers in Google image search results. Hopefully these illustrations will be indexed and improve the diversity of those results: ...continue reading Happy International Women’s Day, March 8, 2016