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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
Dark Mode, Contrast, and Battery Life
Some people show up at their preferred coffee shop with a power brick for their laptop in one pocket and a USB hub for their other devices in the other. Others show up with just a laptop and a dream, casually sipping an Oat Milk Latte as the last 10% of their battery’s charge ticks […]
How is WCAG 2.1 different from WCAG 2.0?
WCAG 2.1 adds some important guidelines to WCAG 2.0. This article will give an overview of a few of these added guidelines. In particular, we will look at the guidelines added to make the web more mobile-friendly. We will also look at some of the guidelines directed toward users with cognitive and learning disabilities. A complete list […]
Why is Color Contrast Important to Accessibility?
Being able to easily read or perceive content is inarguably an important part of browsing the web. And having an easy to read color scheme is great accommodation to make for all of your users. After all, for some users, sites without these accessibility considerations will be completely unusable. In the US, approximately 12 million people over […]
How to Test Your Site’s Accessibility
You know about web accessibility and why it’s important. You know that your site should be accessible and you’d like to make that happen. But how can you tell if your site meets the necessary requirements? Where do you start? Automated Web Accessibility Tests There are a lot of accessibility tests out there. […]