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WCAG Refresher

People with disabilities access websites in a variety of ways, and common website problems often create barriers for certain individuals. A common example is that a blind person may use screen-reading software which reads the text of the website out loud to the individual, but if the website has used images to convey information without adding alternative text, the screen-reading ...

Comply and Conform Before it’s too Late

  As we’ve shared many times in this space, it is well known that all companies, including those in the Fortune 100, are having accessibility issues with their digital presence. In fact, according to a research project done by analyst firm Ovum with research analysis by digital governance management company Crownpeak, an estimated 815,600 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 ...

The User Experience, aka UX

User experience (UX) is a big deal and with the need to provide accessible content on their digital platforms, more and more organizations are putting people-first design at the forefront of their priorities. This makes good business sense because no one wants to use an app or website that is unintuitive or not user-friendly. Simply, UX describes the overall experience ...

Elements of Accessibility

Give or take a little, but approximately 10% of people in the world have some degree of “print impairment”, meaning people with visual impairments, with dyslexia, or with motor disabilities which can seriously affect their ability to read. This is not new. What is new is that the publishing industry is now part of the digital realm and by default ...

All About Alt Text (alternative text)

Anyone who has attempted or even considered making their digital offerings accessible has heard or seen the term “alt text”. There is some confusion about just exactly what the term encompasses, but it’s such an important accessibility feature that everyone should have a general understanding of it. Alt text (alternative text) is a word or phrase that can be inserted ...

An Overview of Web Accessibility

When websites and web tools such as apps and documents are properly designed and coded, people with disabilities can use them. Simple as that. However, currently many websites, digital products  and tools are developed with accessibility barriers that make them difficult or impossible for some people to use. The truth is that making the digital realm accessible to everyone benefits ...

The Colors of Accessibility

There’s a lot more to “accessible design” than audio access and alt text. How about color accessibility? If it’s not something that you immediately consider you’re not alone, but for those affected it’s a really big deal. As counter-intuitive as it sounds, It is not inclusive to use color as a way to communicate information. Let me explain. There are ...

More Litigation About Accessibility

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush in 1990, which was three years before the World Wide Web was officially released to the public. Since then it has been cited thousands of times in lawsuits filed against hotels, restaurants and retail establishments to remove physical barriers for disabled people, and as ...

As Close As We Can Get to “Accessible”

  While complying with WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) standards is one thing, making a website completely usable is another, and it might not be that simple. It it is wrong to say that accessibility is just about disabilities. The aim of accessibility should be  to make websites and apps that are usable by as many people in as many ...