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Experts Speak: Tips for Designing for Web Accessibility. Designing for Web accessibility is often an afterthought for many design and development professionals, as they are responsible for many tasks when launching or maintaining a digital property. This is, however, a mistake as making sure every user (regardless of ability) can interact with a site and accomplish their goals should be a top priority. Website Magazine solicited the help of your peers to gather the best resources and advice for designing for Web accessibility. While many of their responses were featured in the November issue, here are some equally important tips*: Stay in the Know "Keeping up with legislature of the more 'social' countries and economies who can afford such programs is a good tip.

~Lars Hilse, Founder/CEO, Don't Cut Corners "Always use the correct markup for the job. ~Fiona Taylor-Gorringe, Developer & Blogger at Don't Exclude "Think of all possible app users and/or Web visitors when designing and developing. View more. Advice from the Pros: Designing for Web Accessibility. By Amberly Dressler, Managing Editor More people are accessing the Web than ever before and with the influx of new Internet users comes a greater demand to make it usable for everyone regardless of abilities.

While regulation is not uniform across industries (read, "Web Accessibility Rules for 2015" at experts like Carin van Vuuren, CMO of Usablenet, notes an increase of cases where online businesses are sued on the grounds of discrimination. While some corporations are mandated by the federal government or other agencies to make their website accessible, others, notes van Vuuren, want to be good corporate citizens and support all their customers.

There are, of course, revenue implications as well. "Being unable to navigate non-descriptive links such as 'click here' or 'more info' greatly impacts the experience for the user living with disability, and is likely to end in abandonment in the journey," said van Vuuren. Real World: Coding for Accessibility Be Basic view more. Accessibility is not what you think. Accessibility is not just about meeting the needs of the disabled or catering for edge cases. Accessibility impacts everybody. Subscribe to these quick tips using iTunes or RSS | Download Audio I have posted about the misconceptions of user experience design and information architecture. Now I want to dispel some myths about accessibility. I dislike the term accessibility. It is an accurate enough term. It just conjures up the wrong preconceptions. That is why I have started talking about inclusive design instead. That is the problem with our perception of accessibility.

Take the transcript example. It is great for search.It allows people to scan content which is hard in audio.It makes referencing content easier.It provides access to those unable to listen to audio because of disturbing others (e.g. in an office). But it is not just transcripts that benefit many different kinds of people. Technological disability Almost everybody has Javascript enabled these days. Visual impairment. Short note on alt in HTML | The Paciello Group – Your Accessibility Partner (WCAG 2.0/508 audits, VPAT, usability and accessible user experience) Designing for Accessibility | Generate London 2014 | Treehouse. ARIA in HTML – there goes the neighborhood | The Paciello Group – Your Accessibility Partner (WCAG 2.0/508 audits, VPAT, usability and accessible user experience) HTML5: Techniques for providing useful text alternatives. 1. Requirements for providing text to act as an alternative for images Text alternatives,[WCAG] are a primary way of making visual information accessible, because they can be rendered through any sensory modality (for example, visual, auditory or tactile) to match the needs of the user.

Providing text alternatives allows the information to be rendered in a variety of ways by a variety of user agents. For example, a person who cannot see a picture can have the text alternative read aloud using synthesized speech. The alt attribute on images is a very important accessibility attribute. Authoring useful alt attribute content requires the author to carefully consider the context in which the image appears and the function that image may have in that context. The guidance included here addresses the most common ways authors use images. 1.1 Examples of scenarios where users benefit from text alternatives for images They have a very slow connection and are browsing with images disabled.

Only you. Label and name inputs properly — Web Fundamentals. I don't care about accessibility. by Jeffrey Veen. These are the speaking notes I used during the Accessibility is for everyone! Panel discussion at South by SouthWest earlier this week. I came here to be on this panel to tell y'all that I don’t care about accessibility. Don’t care. Not an issue. Hardly ever comes up. Here’s my big secret for you today. When you design for the Web — that is, when you design exclusively and specifically for this medium — when you do that natively, so many of the things we consider problems just start to fall away. John just gave us an amazing glimpse at the heights of creativity that are attainable despite what most would consider overwhelming constraint.

We have to let go of typography -- you get a half dozen faces and guess what, they also come in both bold or italic! And so on and so on and so on… Like I said, most designers approaching our medium from another are simply astounded. Now, granted, I live in a sort of Web design fantasy world, and I fully admit that. Or… Here are a few examples: Web Accessibility for Designers. The focus of web accessibility is often on web development – the things that happen in HTML, CSS, or JavaScript after a site has been designed visually.

Optimal accessibility should start much earlier, as part of the visual design process. We have created an infographic that highlights a few important principles of accessible design. Text Version Plan Heading Structure Early Ensure all content and design fits into a logical heading structure. Consider Reading Order The reading order should be the same as the visual order. Provide Good Contrast Be especially careful with light shades of gray, orange, and yellow. Use True Text Whenever Possible True text enlarges better, loads faster, and is easier to translate. Watch the Use of CAPS All caps can be difficult to read and can be read incorrectly by screen readers. Use Adequate Font Size Font size can vary based on the font chosen, but 10 point is usually a minimum.

Remember Line Length Don't make it too long or too short. Design Link Focus Indicators. WAVE Web Accessibility Tool. Blog - 10 Easy Accessibility Tips Anyone Can Use. Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). To celebrate and to help promote accessibility, here are 10 simple accessibility tips that most anyone can implement today into their web site’s HTML and CSS to make it more accessible. 1. Add Alternative Text to Your Logo Alternative text is presented to blind screen reader users in place of images they cannot see. Simply find your logo image in your markup, and if it’s not present, add an alt attribute with your company or organization name as its value. 2.

ARIA landmarks identify significant page areas, giving them meaning and making them more keyboard navigable. 3. Sighted keyboard users generally navigate through the links and form fields on a web page using the Tab and Shift+Tab keys on the keyboard. The colors may need to be customized to fit your site design, but they should be fairly distinctive.

To take this tip one step further, you can search your CSS files for a:hover and in each instance change it to a:hover, a:focus . 4. Web Transformation Project | A transparent and collaborative approach to building the new University of Strathclyde website. Tackling Accessibility on The Web. As browser capabilities continue to grow the websites that we are building are getting ever more complex. Fancy JavaScript UIs are great for showing off the latest technologies but they can cause a real problem for assistive technologies like screen readers. Unfortunately accessibility is one of those topics that often gets overlooked by a lot of developers. This makes me a little sad. If we want the web to remain a place that can be enjoyed by everyone, we need to be considering our users at both ends of the spectrum.

In this article my aim is to show you just how easy it is to make your websites accessible. Why Should You Care About Accessibility? There are three main reasons why you should care about making your websites accessible. #1 It’s the Right Thing To Do This reason alone should be all you need to convince you that accessibility is worth the time and effort. Building accessible websites is just simply the right thing to do. #2 You Will Become a Better At What You Do Using Labels Spur. Things I learned by pretending to be blind for a week. I’m a full visually-able user and I love looking at websites. I know though, that not everyone experiences websites in the same way. Browsing websites at different screen sizes is a hot topic at the moment, but lets not forget that it’s not just mobile users that experience websites differently, blind users experience them in a way you might not even realise. So I started using a screen reader to see (I suppose I should say “experience”) how a blind user navigates a website.

First I want to say accessibility isn’t completely new to me. I’ve been creating W3C valid websites for years, building to web standards, and always taken care to make sure all my images have alt tags, and any Flash has an appropriate text alternative. However, when I started using a screen reader, I learned quite a lot. 1. Somehow in my ignorance I assumed the screen reader was just the browser, but it’s not, it’s the entire operating system experience. 2.

The learning curve is steep! 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. How blind people use the web. Download the Web Accessibility Handbook by HiSoftware; Microsoft. Throughout 2008, Microsoft and HiSoftware partnered to hold a series of European Dialogues on Practical Strategies for an Accessible Web. The Dialogues focused on understanding the challenges of Web accessibility and sharing best practices to address those challenges. Participants included a wide range of individuals with practical, theoretical and/or personal experience in the Web accessibility space, including members of public sector and private sector organizations, technology vendors and NGOs. The goal throughout these dialogues was to not only understand the challenges for organization that looked to achieve Web accessibility but to closely examine some of the solutions and strategies that are already being employed by organizations to accomplish their goals. As a result of the Dialogues a “How To” guide, the Web Accessibility Handbook, was created.

Al information is kept confidential according to our privacy statement. HiSoftware Cynthia Says Portal. Quick fix accessibility. Accessibility: The estimated time to read this article is 4 minutes The Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule) states that, for many events, 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. This is true for accessibility where a small number of issues cause the vast majority of problems. But what are these issues? That is a subjective question, but here are my top 5: Poorly described images By now you probably all know that images should have associated alt attributes, which describe them to visually impaired users and search engines.

Many people have realized the benefit of alt attributes for search engine placement and so stuff them with keywords making them far too long. All content images should have an alt attribute that clearly describes what is being shown in a concise manner. Badly labelled links It is not just images that are labelled badly. Descriptive links also help sighted users to quickly scan for the next page to visit. No alternatives to media Reliance on Javascript.

Web-accessibility-quick-guide.pdf (application/pdf Object) Accessibility. A Complete Beginner's Guide to Web Accessibility. Most beginners in development and designing will not look deeply into accessibility, the purpose of this article is to educate beginners as early as possible of the possible pitfalls and how to avoid them. It is like a cookie jar is atop the shelf and a kid is trying to reach it but can’t. What happens next? Frustration enters! Not providing a way for your visitors to get a grab of that cookie jar is very not fine, especially when they really need it. What is Accessibility Image by: Yello-Dog Millions of people around the world have disabilities that hinges them from information. Accessibility is simply defined that people of all sorts, regardless of disability, can access the information you provide in your website. You Are Not The Default The interface is for the users.

Things to Consider Image by: Svilen Milev 1. Placement of things in your website is important. 2. When using images, provide ALT attributes to describe the image. 3. Image by: Pawel Kryj 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Some Tools to Use. An Idiot’s Guide To Accessible Website Design. If you are designing web sites in the UK, you probably already know that the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) mandates web sites be accessible by visually and physically disabled persons.

But even if you work in a locale that doesn’t have any accessibility requirements yet, web designers have an obligation to make their clients’ web sites available and accessible to anyone who wishes to visit. Why? According to a report by the Danish Center for Accessibility, as many as 25% of the world’s Internet users have some sort of visual, auditory or mobility disability. Fail to take into the consideration the needs of these people and you are depriving your client the opportunity to connect with a huge audience. This regulation requires all Federal agencies that “develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology”, to provide access to disabled users that is comparable to access available to everyone else. How To Meet Accessibility Requirements Color Oracle Image Analyser.