This article is part of an ongoing series of accessibility tips for experience designers. It discusses how to design a carousel or slider that is accessible for people navigating the page with a keyboard. ...continue reading If you must use a carousel, make it accessible

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

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It is important to design and develop websites with accessibility in mind. It is a common misconception that tools can be used to determine if a website is compliant with accessibility guidelines. This article will describe at a high level which guidelines cannot be tested with an automated tool, and require manual testing. ...continue reading 12 manual tests for accessibility compliance you should do now

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