HTMHell special: close buttons Article by HTMHell picking apart the real-world implementations of the ‘close’ button. Some sites use images or SVGs with no alt text, some use ‘X’ to represent ‘close’ (which is lost on screen readers), some use <div> or <a> elements where a <button> is required. There are a few recommended solutions… [Read More]
Could coronavirus kickstart more accessible tech? In this BBC video, we discover how live captioning enables deaf colleagues to participate in remote meetings in this era of coronavirus. It references an article on bighack.org comparing the best video conferencing software for accessibility, which found that some popular platforms such as Zoom do not provide live… [Read More]
Twitter announces change to default alt text setting Via TwitterA11y: starting May 27th, you no longer need a setting to add alt text to your images on Twitter. Prior to this, it was an exclusively opt-in feature.
Text link Accessibilty: aria-label and title Deque article testing <a> links with various combinations of title and aria-label. The conclusion is that aria-label is the best supported attribute, and links to the ARIA8 WCAG technique which sites good use cases such as: <a aria-label=”Read more about Seminole tax hike”>Read more…</a>.
Sa11y – accessibility quality assurance assistant An accessibility quality assurance tool geared towards content authors: Sa11y visually highlights common errors, with contextual information. Try out the demo.
Why to Avoid Accessibility Overlay Toolbars, Pugins & Widgets Accessibility Works article warning against the installation of third-party overlays/widgets that promise to make your site accessible. These tools provide options for customising text size, providing magnifiers, and in some cases a built-in screen reader or alt-text generator. However, they cannot address the 70% of accessibility… [Read More]
Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day with GDS GDS ran a conference on Thursday 21st May. Agenda: “An introduction to digital accessibility regulations”, “How to avoid common accessibility statement fails”, “How to carry out basic accessibility checks”, “Making accessibility accessible: the secret to engaging your workforce”, “What would Marie Kondo do? How to clear your website… [Read More]
Building an accessible autocomplete control Adam Silver explains in detail how to build an accessible autocomplete component, taking into account the noJS experience, announcing results to screen readers, hiding suggestions ‘on blur’, keyboard support and endonym/typo support. It’s always surprising just how complicated autocompletes can be, and this is a really good example of one… [Read More]
Less than 1% of Brazilian sites are fully accessible, research points out A survey of 14.65 million active Brazilian websites found just 0.74% passed all accessibility tests. On this scale, it’s unclear how the sites were tested, though the article makes reference to checking images, links and validation fields. By the same criteria, this is… [Read More]
Employers Don’t Understand the Work People with Disabilities Can Do, SHRM Research Finds The USA is struggling to fill millions of jobs, but people with disabilities are often overlooked. 51-61% of HR professionals and managers have had no disability inclusion training, and 13-32% of managers say they’d feel uncomfortable working with colleagues with disabilities. However,… [Read More]