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 […]
Accessible eBooks Are For Everyone.
Content Made with Everyone in Mind For a long time, readers who were blind would need to seek either braille editions or raised print editions. These editions, if they existed at all, were printed in very limited quantities and could be very expensive. Audio books are another option, but again, not every book will be […]
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 […]
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 […]
Do You Need an Accessibility Statement?
You’ve hired an accessibility consultant, firm, or specialist. You’ve invested time, effort, and resources into ensuring that all of your users enjoy a comfortable and intuitive experience within your accessible web application or website. An Accessibility Statement is a great way to put that work on display and set a good example for your industry. […]
3 Things to Love About WCAG 2.2
Web accessibility, at its core, is about addressing the potential difficulties associated with using the web for people with disabilities. However, many of the solutions and standards prescribed to address these difficulties make the web a better place for everyone. Standardizing certain aspects of web design makes the web a more intuitive place. There’s […]
Accessibility Questions to Ask Your Web Developer
Your company needs a website. So you’ve decided to seek out a talented individual to build you one. You know you want a site that is functional and accessible. What questions do you need to ask to ensure that the person you’re hiring knows what they’re doing? Here are a few to get you started. […]
Answers to Common Questions About Alt Text
What is Alt Text? Alt text is an attribute added to an image to tell the browser what is contained in the image. This is important for accessibility—ensuring users on assistive devices understand the context and contents of the image. Alt text can also act as a fallback if the image is unable to render […]