Understanding WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion 4.1.3: Status Messages

July 12, 2019 10:05:00 AM EDT

Among other additions, WCAG 2.1 introduced a new Level AA success criterion 4.1.3, also known as “Status Messages.” Here's what you need to know about this new checkpoint, including what it is and how to successfully implement it on your website.

8 Facts About Hearing Disabilities and Web Accessibility

July 3, 2019 12:11:43 PM EDT

Deafness, hearing loss, and being hard of hearing are some of the most common disabilities in the U.S. and worldwide, yet there are still many misconceptions surrounding hearing disabilities — including that there are many different levels of hearing. Here are 8 facts about hearing impairment and how they relate to web accessibility.

Accessibility Is Privacy and Security

July 2, 2019 10:41:48 AM EDT

Advocates for digital accessibility and those in compliance and governance roles sometimes say that accessibility should be prioritized at the same level as privacy and security. Absolutely, it should be, but it's time to take the argument one step further — not only should accessibility be prioritized in the same way as privacy and security, it needs to be recognized that accessibility is privacy and security.

Not a Single 2020 Presidential Candidate's Website is Fully Accessible to People with Disabilities

June 28, 2019 4:20:38 PM EDT

The websites of twenty two presidential candidates for the 2020 election were tested for accessibility by the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, and the results are in: "Not one website – Democrat or Republican – was fully accessible for a blind or visually impaired person to navigate."

Tips to Create an Accessible PowerPoint Presentation

June 21, 2019 10:20:00 AM EDT

PowerPoint is many people's go-to program for creating presentations. It also tends to be highly visual with graphs, images, and infographics. Fortunately, just like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint has many built-in features to help make documents accessible — but this doesn't mean your presentations are automatically accessible.

Is Web Accessibility a Fad?

June 19, 2019 9:50:00 AM EDT

With so much recent focus on web accessibility, you might find yourself wondering: is it actually just a fad?

A careful review of the evidence suggests that web accessibility is much more than a passing fad. Here are 4 reasons why web accessibility is here to stay.

Tips to Create an Accessible Microsoft Word Document

June 11, 2019 11:11:16 AM EDT

Microsoft Word is one of the most common ways to create text documents. Thankfully, Word has many built-in features to help make documents accessible. However, this doesn't mean a Word document is automatically accessible — to make a document fully accessible, you need to follow a few key principles.

Here are seven guidelines to make Microsoft Word documents accessible to people with disabilities.

Are you taking advantage of our free accessibility resources?

June 8, 2019 11:28:05 AM EDT

One of the great things about digital accessibility is how many free resources, guides, checkers, and other tools you can start using today. Here are some of the free offerings we have — available to everyone, right now.

How to Utilize and Create Accessible Pinterest Content

June 3, 2019 10:04:00 AM EDT

Pinterest, one of the most visual social media platforms, is also considered pretty accessible by many. Pinterest features elements such as alt text, a balanced color palette, and advanced screen reader capabilities, making the platform accessible by people who are blind or have visual or other disabilities.

Here is how to take advantage of the accessibility features in place and how to create more accessible Pinterest content yourself.

What Project Managers Need to Know About Accessibility

June 1, 2019 11:20:43 AM EDT

Project managers have a level of responsibility for and eyes into all the moving parts of a project. If those projects include websites, apps, or other digital tools, managing accessibility is also one of those responsibilities.

Here are 15 things project managers should know about accessibility (hint: #1 is that you are critical to the process).

World MS Day Highlights Need for Digital Accessibility

May 30, 2019 9:00:00 AM EDT

May 30 is World MS Day, created to increase awareness, solidarity, and hope for those affected by multiple sclerosis. The campaign for 2019 is “My Invisible MS” and the theme is Visibility, according to the World MS Day website.

The special goal of this year’s theme is to challenge common misconceptions and bring awareness to the invisible symptoms of MS and the impacts of those unseen symptoms on people’s everyday lives.

How Widely Used is WCAG?

May 28, 2019 10:25:59 AM EDT

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are often called the most accepted and universal standards for web accessibility — but how widespread is WCAG really?

Assistive Technology 101: What You Need to Know

May 23, 2019 9:50:00 AM EDT

For some people with various kinds of disabilities, standard computing technologies such as keyboards, monitors, and computer mice can be difficult or impossible to operate and to use to navigate the digital world. Fortunately, there are alternative methods that can help, known as assistive technologies, for using a computer or browsing the web. While the term “assistive technology” can apply to any device used to make tasks possible or easier ―  such as wheelchairs and hearing aids ― this article will discuss only those assistive technologies used to supplement or replace computing devices.

Digital Accessibility for the Travel Industry

May 17, 2019 11:43:56 AM EDT

“Accessible travel” is the concept that all people — including people with vision, hearing, mobility, and cognitive impairments — should be able to do what they want to do and go where they want to go without facing unnecessary barriers, physical or digital, that prevent them from enjoying their travel and tourism experiences to the fullest capacity possible.

50 Digital Accessibility Facts for Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

May 16, 2019 10:19:18 AM EDT

May 16, 2019 marks the eighth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). To help spread awareness of the importance of accessible digital and web experiences for all, we're highlighting 50 facts. The time for accessibility is now.

Accessibility vs. Usability vs. Inclusion

May 14, 2019 11:01:04 AM EDT

In the digital realm, the terms accessibility, usability, and inclusion often overlap, which can lead to these terms being confused. It’s not surprising to find the boundaries between these three concepts blurred because they can inform and improve one another — where lines can be drawn can be more a matter of opinion and interpretation is relative.

History of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

May 6, 2019 9:15:40 AM EDT

This month, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) turned 20 years old. WCAG version 1.0 was published on May 5, 1999 and was a total game-changer for web accessibility. Today, WCAG version 2.1 is cemented as the gold standard in accessibility. So, how did we get here?

Ditch the Fancy Vocabulary for Accessible Language

May 4, 2019 11:58:08 AM EDT

When building a website, many designers and developers adhere to the principle of keeping everything as simple as possible, only as complex as it needs to be. This is usually a good practice for web design itself — but what about the text on your web pages?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 6.6 million people in the U.S. have a cognitive disability that affects their memory, concentration, or decision-making. Making the language of your website more accessible is a valuable step in improving the experience for people with disabilities.

National Life Insurance Day Challenge: Make Your Websites Accessible

May 2, 2019 10:11:59 AM EDT

National Life Insurance Day is observed every year on May 2, the anniversary of life insurance becoming available in the United States. This year, let's take the celebration a step further by committing to make life insurance websites and tools accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities.

What is color contrast?

April 20, 2019 11:27:02 AM EDT

Colors are an essential feature of web design and how they're used is a core consideration of a website's or app's accessibility. A term you may have heard is "color contrast," but if you aren't quite sure what that means, we have you covered.

Why does web accessibility matter for retail businesses?

April 18, 2019 4:00:16 PM EDT

For companies in the retail industry, they should make sure to especially consider whether:

  • Their online presence is tied to a physical location.
  • Their e-commerce functions are accessible to people with disabilities.
  • They are maximizing SEO and website traffic through accessibility.
  • Their emails, social media, and landing pages are also accessible.
  • They are reaching every customer they could or excluding people because of the inaccessibility of their website or app.

Creative Site Design That's Beautiful and Accessible

April 16, 2019 9:10:00 AM EDT

Some people think that creating an accessible website limits design and creativity; however, prioritizing accessibility can inspire beautiful and creative site design. Using color and images thoughtfully, for example, can make your site stand out. Here are 4 tips for creative site design with accessibility in mind.

6 Unexpected Benefits of Web Accessibility

April 4, 2019 11:36:05 AM EDT

The most obvious benefit of web accessibility is that it helps people with disabilities enjoy your website’s content, products, and services. However, the advantages of web accessibility aren’t limited to their immediate impact for people with disabilities — and some of them may surprise you.

Here are 6 additional benefits of web accessibility for your organization, your employees, and your customers.

Checklist for Creating Accessible Videos

April 2, 2019 9:08:00 AM EDT

Creating accessible videos can drastically broaden their reach and usability. Unfortunately an often-overlooked part of video production, accessibility doesn't have to add significant time or cost, especially when considered from the beginning. Everyone benefits from accessible videos. Here are the steps to creating an accessible video.

3 Tips for Easier Web Browsing with Hearing Disabilities

March 21, 2019 9:05:00 AM EDT

From breaking news videos to audiobooks, multimedia content is increasingly important to people’s activities online - and by 2021, 80 percent of the world’s internet traffic will be video. Unfortunately, when that content isn't made to be accessible, much of it could be lost to people with hearing disabilities. If you need or want to make adjustments to your web browsing experience, check out these tips.

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