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“Accessibility” is not going away.

Time was that accessibility meant literal “access” to brick-and-mortar structures; physical buildings. But times have changed. Providing online services, including digital access to banking and medical files is now the norm; a commonplace practice that bridges the gap between businesses and consumers and pretty much everyone agrees that it should be so. However, there are still holdouts. While the upfront ...

The Current State of Web Accessibility

  WebAIM is a non-profit organization based at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Their website tells us: “In February 2019, WebAIM conducted an accessibility evaluation of the home pages for the top 1,000,000 web sites using the WAVE stand-alone API (with additional tools to collect site technology parameters). While this research focuses only on automatically detectable issues, the results ...

Fixed Layout Documents – the Do’s and Don’ts

A fixed-layout publication is one where each page has a fixed size (height and width) and the content is precisely laid out at specific locations. Fixed layouts are commonly created using images, but can also be achieved in HTML. They are typically used to create comics, manga, children's story books, cookbooks and textbooks, but can be found in any material ...

Digital Accessibility is Essential for Some and Useful For All

Accessibility as defined by the Merriam Webster dictionary is the ability of being reached, approached, used, or understood. The power of technology allows businesses to make information and resources more easily available to those who need it. There is no really good reason for any digital information to be inaccessible at this time in history. Creating and expanding access to ...

Whose Responsibility Is It?

A recent court ruling against Domino's Pizza highlights a disparity in website and app accessibility. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a Domino's Pizza appeal, making way for a lawsuit against the pizza chain that its website was not accessible to the visually-impaired. Because there are no laws in the U.S. requiring compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines ...

The Decision is In

The Supreme Court of the United States has denied a petition from pizza giant Domino’s to hear whether its website is required to be accessible to the disabled, leaving in place a lower court decision against the company. The decision not to grant the case is a loss for the Domino’s and a win for disability advocates, who have argued ...

We’re Still Waiting for the Supreme Court to Rule on the ADA

Should companies be sued if disabled people can't access their apps and websites? What about if they can access only certain parts? Depending on which side you’re on, the issue is a matter of civil rights or it’s just a pretext for lawyers to shake down innocent businesses. It now appears that the United States Supreme Court could step in ...

MediaWire is WCAG 2.1 AA Compliant! What Does This Mean?

To explain the WCAG and how these guidelines are developed and implemented, this information was taken from the great resource w3.org. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops international Web standards: HTML, CSS, and many more. W3C’s Web standards are called W3C Recommendations. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are developed through the W3C process in cooperation with individuals and international ...

A Refresher on Accessibility Basics

What is “accessibility” as it pertains to websites? It is generally understood that  when we say a website is accessible, we mean that the site's content is available, and its functionality can be operated by everyone. As a person without a disability it's easy to assume that all users can see and use a keyboard, mouse, or touch screen, and ...