Chris Ashton

week11y issue 83

16 July 2021

Coursera accessibility courses A recommendation by my colleague Stephanie Hill: “Top Web Accessibility Courses” by Coursera. Some interesting ones highlighted below. Design: An Introduction to Accessibility and Inclusive Design Web Design for Everybody Capstone Foundations of User Experience (UX) Design Basics of Inclusive Design for Online Education Testing: Test Accessibility of your Design with A11ygator… [Read More]

dai11y 16/07/2021

16 July 2021

Blind York student wins £5k claim over ‘inaccessible’ loan form Disability rights activist Holly Scott-Gardner, has won a settlement after being unable to fill in a student loan disabled students application form, because it was inaccessible to her (as someone who is blind). Holly had to fill in the form over the phone, after several… [Read More]

dai11y 15/07/2021

15 July 2021

Why debate non-text contrast of UI elements? An article by Dave House, describing how WCAG 2.1 Non-text contrast has enough wiggle-room in it that designers often dismiss it, saying “UI elements don’t need to meet this requirement”. He explains: the success criterion states “if the visual indicator of the control is the only way to… [Read More]

dai11y 14/07/2021

14 July 2021

Coronation Street highlights the challenges faced by disabled people working from home during the pandemic This story focuses on Izzy Armstrong, played by Cherylee Houston. The storyline goes that Izzy is clinically vulnerable and has been shielding and working from home throughout the pandemic. Her job is now at risk as her boss insists she… [Read More]

dai11y 13/07/2021

13 July 2021

Managing focus in the shadow DOM Web developer Nolan Lawson writes about the difficulties of managing focus on a web page which makes use of the shadow DOM; parts of the page that are encapsulated and unable to be interacted with programmatically in the same way as regular DOM elements. If you’re implementing a modal dialog,… [Read More]

dai11y 12/07/2021

12 July 2021

Coursera accessibility courses A recommendation by my colleague Stephanie Hill: “Top Web Accessibility Courses” by Coursera. Some interesting ones highlighted below. Design: An Introduction to Accessibility and Inclusive Design Web Design for Everybody Capstone Foundations of User Experience (UX) Design Basics of Inclusive Design for Online Education Testing: Test Accessibility of your Design with A11ygator… [Read More]

fortnight11y issue 41

09 July 2021

What Happens When a Blind Person Test Drives VoiceOver Recognition? An article by Rhea Althea Guntalilib, describing her experience of using the new “VoiceOver Recognition” features of iOS 14. It is a collection of tools including “Screen Recognition” (which I’ll talk about below), “Text Recognition” (which detects text found in images) and “Image Descriptions” (which… [Read More]

week11y issue 82

09 July 2021

Kellogg’s: a game changer in accessible packaging In partnership with RNIB, Kellogg’s has trialled including NaviLens codes on its packaging, giving visually impaired customers a way of scanning products to find out their ingredients, allergen and recycling information. NaviLens codes work in a similar way to QR codes, but can be detected “in a fraction… [Read More]

dai11y 09/07/2021

09 July 2021

Accessible design: How much motion is too much motion? Heather Waroff, Senior Designer at Microsoft, writes about interaction design. The most useful part of the article for me was the list below, developed “in conjunction with Accessibility specialists”. It describes the types of motion that are considered safe (good), risky (‘it depends’), and non-compliant (bad)…. [Read More]

dai11y 08/07/2021

08 July 2021

Screen Reader User Survey #9 Results The famous WebAIM survey this year had 1568 responses, mostly from North America and Europe, with a pretty even age split. 92.3% of respondents said they have a disability, almost 80% of which was blindness. 57.5% of respondents class themselves as “advanced” screen reader users, versus 37.4% “intermediate” and… [Read More]

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