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New W3C Recommendation: Accessible Name and Description Computation

January 23, 2019 10:21:00 AM EST

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) released a new recommendation, "Accessible Name and Description Computation," that aims to help people using assistive technologies browse the web. So what does this new W3C recommendation mean for web accessibility — and what is a W3C recommendation, anyway?

YouTube Closed Captioning for Accessibility: Why and How

January 15, 2019 11:35:00 AM EST

Amazingly, online videos are still growing and aren’t going away anytime soon. According to Statista, the number of digital video viewers in the United States is currently at around 228 million, with projections at 236 million by 2020. This includes platforms like Netflix and YouTube — the latter of which receives over 72 hours of uploaded video a minute.

First-Ever 24/7 Accessibility Customer Support Line for Clients’ Websites Launched by Bureau of Internet Accessibility

January 14, 2019 10:05:00 AM EST

The Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BoIA) announced today that it has launched the industry’s first live accessibility support phone line that will aid a website’s visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new support system enhances the company’s robust accessibility monitoring and support program to assist organizations with digital accessibility legal requirements.

Let’s Talk “AI for Accessibility” — Microsoft’s New Grant

January 10, 2019 5:44:15 PM EST

Microsoft recently announced a new grant called AI for Accessibility. This grant is geared to encourage developers to create products using Microsoft’s AI tools that will help people with disabilities. Here's an introduction to AI's role in accessibility and some information about Microsoft's grant.

Don't Miss Your Free Ultimate Guide to Web Accessibility

January 8, 2019 9:55:00 AM EST

Equal access to websites and apps is a civil right — so how do you know if your website is accessible? WCAG 2.1 A/AA is the standard in digital accessibility. Right now you can take advantage of this offer to receive the ultimate beginner's guide to how and why those guidelines apply to your website. Get your copy of the Ultimate Guide to Web Accessibility now.

Five Things You Might Not Know About Braille

January 3, 2019 10:55:00 AM EST

January 4 marks World Braille Day, a celebration of the reading and writing code used by some blind people. To honor this day and to spread some much-needed awareness, we're sharing five facts about Braille that many people who don't use the system may not yet realize.

2018 Web Accessibility Recap: What Happened This Year?

December 31, 2018 11:15:00 AM EST

2018 is in our rear-view mirror, which means that now is the perfect opportunity to look back on some of the most important events in web accessibility from the past year. From WCAG 2.1 to ADA lawsuits, it's been an eventful one.

President Trump Signs the 21st Century IDEA Act

December 28, 2018 10:27:16 AM EST

A development in accessibility legislation, the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experiences Act, was presented to President Trump on December 13 and signed into law on December 20, 2018, and should change web accessibility for users and content creators of government websites. The 21st Century IDEA Act was passed by the Senate earlier this month without amendment by unanimous consent. Legislation like this bill hopefully will take a more astringent approach to enforcing minimum standards for accessibility, ease of use, and security.

Instagram Now Uses Artificial Intelligence for Alt Text

December 18, 2018 2:54:20 PM EST

Instagram is now using AI to automatically add alt text to images. As an image and video-focused platform, this is a big accessibility win, as screen readers or other assistive technologies need a text alternative available to know what an image is portraying. Users can also add custom alt text for more accurate descriptions.

10 Tips to Optimize Email Accessibility

December 13, 2018 2:47:20 PM EST

Email accessibility is the art of crafting emails that everyone, including people with disabilities, can use. Practicing email accessibility represents a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and has serious impacts on audience reach and ultimately, the bottom line. Here are 10 tips to improve the accessibility of emails.

Department of Education Updates Complaints Process, Reopens Hundreds of Web Accessibility Complaints

December 10, 2018 1:10:00 PM EST

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced big changes to its Case Processing Manual (CPM), removing the OCR's ability to dismiss complaints it deems an "unreasonable burden" and reinstating the opportunity to appeal.

Disability Statistics in the United States

November 29, 2018 10:55:00 AM EST

Many people are surprised to learn how much of the population actually lives with a disability. According to the CDC, 1 in 4 US adults has a disability, and the percentage is higher in those age 65 and older. When we consider that by 2030, people 65 and older will outnumber children in the country, it's a reminder that the time for accessibility is now.

How to Introduce People to Digital Accessibility: 7 Tips

November 27, 2018 2:48:02 PM EST

You're an advocate for disability rights and digital accessibility and you want to introduce somebody to the reasons for and best practices of accessibility — but where do you even start? Here are seven tips to help you teach someone the importance of accessible websites and apps.

A Look at Our Four-Point Hybrid Testing

November 14, 2018 2:15:00 PM EST

Many people know that we test in accordance with the most well-established digital accessibility standards, which is critical as these provide the rules to help determine the accessibility of a website or app. But how do we test? Here's a peek into our four-point hybrid testing!

Attorneys General Urge Action and Clarity from Jeff Sessions, DOJ on Web Accessibility

August 1, 2018 12:50:46 PM EDT

19 Attorneys General have petitioned United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions to formalize web accessibility standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Check Out Our New Color Contrast Tool

June 6, 2018 9:30:00 AM EDT

BoIA release a new tool, the Color Contrast Accessibility Validator. The tool is free and is intended for use by website owners and developers to test their web pages for color contrast issues that can impede usability for people with visual disabilities.

Accessibility Analysis of Luxury Watch Brand Websites - 2Q2018

April 4, 2018 9:24:00 AM EDT

The Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BoIA) identified the top 25 highest-trafficked luxury watch brand websites and scanned each, creating a benchmark as to the overall web accessibility of the industry. The assessment was based on the results of automated scans performed by BoIA’s A11Y® Platform, a proprietary program built specifically to identify issues based on the international standards for testing website accessibility, called Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 A/AA.

4 Accessibility Tips for Web Developers

March 27, 2018 9:39:00 AM EDT

Although accessibility brings with it a wide range of advantages, many web developers still aren’t sure about the best ways to begin making websites more accessible. These four basic tips can help developers get started with their accessibility initiatives.

Leveraging HTML for Web Accessibility

March 20, 2018 11:45:00 AM EDT

If properly harnessed, HTML can be one of the most powerful accessibility tools for your website, helping to guide users and their assistive devices through your site’s content and structure.

Accessibility Analysis of Banking Industry Websites - 1Q2018

March 14, 2018 1:17:02 PM EDT

The Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BoIA) identified the top 15 highest-trafficked banks and used their websites to create a benchmark for the overall web accessibility within the banking industry. The assessment was based on the results of an automated scan performed on each bank’s site. The scan, BoIA’s A11Y® Platform, was built to identify issues based on the international standards for testing website accessibility, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 A/AA.

Top 5 Issues Missed by Automated ADA Website Compliance Tests

June 1, 2017 5:42:00 AM EDT

Accessibility audits done by automated software are an important part of the journey to compliance with WCAG 2.0. However, accessibility testing software is not infallible. These tests don't possess the subtleties needed to identify areas of only partial compliance with regulations.

Best Fonts To Use for Website Accessibility

May 20, 2017 5:18:00 AM EDT

Designers who are looking to maximize the legibility of their websites should investigate fonts that have been created with readers with dyslexia or visual impairments in mind, such as Read Regular, Lexie Readable, and Tiresias.

5 Tips to Improve Website Experience for People with Cognitive Disabilities

May 19, 2017 9:35:00 AM EDT

The Administration for Community Living estimates that around 8 million Americans, or 3 percent of the population, experience intellectual disabilities. That suggests that nearly 30 million people in the U.S. - 10 percent of families - are directly impacted by the struggles of people with intellectual disabilities.

Using CSS Floats with Image Links

May 19, 2017 2:37:00 AM EDT

The float property specifies if and how an element should be positioned within its parent element. The other content inside the parent element will wrap around the floating element. The most common use of floats is to wrap text around an associated image.

What is a11y?

May 4, 2017 11:30:03 AM EDT

a11y is quickly becoming the standard term for digital accessibility. Global compliance and compatibility is a goal of many technologists who see a11y as a movement and not just the audit process for ensuring that users with disabilities can navigate a website.

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