I'm a developer who works for a digital agency, a company whose job (among other things) is to build web experiences for other companies.

Adherence to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) for new websites is now mandated by law. Client requests to efficiently and cost-effectively implement and test for accessibility guideline compliance in my line of work are increasingly common. For experiences designed and developed at digital agencies we can do this in three ways: ...continue reading 3 Key Ingredients for the Efficient Implementation of Accessible Websites

If your client asks you to support WCAG level AA accessibility guidelines, read on to learn how your project will be impacted for designers and developers.

(1) There are contrast ratio rules for text on a background that must be followed for AA that do not exist for A. I use this contrast checker, which provides pass/fail criteria based on font size ...continue reading Project implications of WCAG 2.0 level AA support (compared to single A)

Part of my job is to assess if websites are usable for people with disabilities. Over the past year I have audited many large-scale web experiences across various industries. I've helped three airlines in China and Canada and some Canadian retailers. I've assisted some US educational institutions.

Through these audits I have identified the top 5 most costly website accessibility issues. These are the ones that have the most detrimental effect for users, and that will take the most time to fix later.

...continue reading The Top 5 Most Costly Accessibility Issues

Accessible web experiences start (but do not end) with the digital agencies who create them

Blue fenceI am calling companies whose line of work it is to design and develop websites for other companies "Digital Agencies."

Attending sessions at last year’s Accessing Higher Ground (AHG) conference in Denver last November, I was struck by how many of the sessions were geared toward convincing the audience of the merits of incorporating accessibility features into their web experiences. Talk about preaching to the choir! Nobody in that audience needed to be convinced. ...continue reading Accessible web experiences start (but do not end) with the digital agencies who create them