One of my biggest misconceptions when I first started learning about accessibility was… well, basically everything I thought I knew about assistive technology. When we talk about accessibility, we talk a lot about screen readers and other assistive devices. And if you’ve never used or been around this kind of technology, it’s easy […]
Alt Text… or Text Alternatives?
The Phrase “Alt Text” comes up a lot when we talk about web and content accessibility. We’ve got lots of content about Alt Text. But Alt Text is not the terminology used by WCAG. Instead, they use the phrase “Text Alternative”. Let’s take a look at why: What’s the Difference? Alt Text is […]
Is Your Organization Using Alt Text?
Every business has documents. If you’re a smaller company, you might not see the harm in using images without Alt Text in these internal documents. After all, they’re internal, right? And you’re not aware of anyone on your team who uses a screen reader. So what’s the harm? The most obvious reason to start using […]
How eBooks Have Changed The World
Digital books or eBooks have been around for quite some time now. Most of the books and textbooks that come out today are released in both formats. Some users prefer feel and overall experience of a paper book. And some prefer the convenience of a digital edition. But in some instances, the choice is […]
Why Are Heading Tags Important?
If you’re writing content for your website, you might be tempted to just use bold text to highlight your headings. After all, it accomplishes more or less the same thing, right? Not exactly. Here are some reasons why you should take the extra step of using actual HTML heading tags for your headings. […]
Accessibility Vocabulary Check: POUR?
Pour is an acronym that the WCAG uses to describe accessibility. Each letter stands for one of the four principles of content accessibility. These principles break down important considerations for ensuring that content, web or otherwise, is accessible to as wide an audience as possible. This blog will break down each letter of POUR to […]
3 Accessibility Misconceptions to Leave Behind in 2021
Misconception: Accessibility Features Are Only Used by People with Disabilities The most obvious example of this is probably Captions. Maybe you’ve got a prospect in a loud room or who simply doesn’t want to turn the sound on their device on. Captions, an accessibility feature, will ensure that your audience still receives your content’s […]
What do developers need to know about Tab Focus?
What Is Tab Focus? Users who access webpages or other content using keyboard navigation use the tab key to move between interactive elements. These elements should be toggled through in the order in which they appear on the document or web page. When an interactive element is selected, or “focused”, there should be a visual […]
The Right Mindset for A11y
Accessibility is a fast growing topic. Businesses that have never even heard of web accessibility or content accessibility are now finding themselves making decisions about it. And, with so many options out there, these decisions can be difficult to make. Accessibility = Opportunity The rise in accessibility lawsuits has put accessibility on the radar […]
Apple’s New “People Detection” Accessibility Feature
iOS 14 has already given us some really cool accessibility features. People Detection, however, is on another level. This feature is only available on iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max and certain iPads. But it shows a serious commitment to pushing the boundaries of a smartphone as an accessibility device. What is People Detection? […]