Articles for 2018

The wider picture of accessibility

Over Christmas I’ve been reflecting on this quote from Yacoob Woozeer in this month’s podcast: “Even where people are being taught accessibility, it’s at a component level. They need to see the wider picture. So you need to be more aware of that user journey throughout the system, not just looking at individual aspects of it.” This ‘wider picture’ of accessibility is key to individuals’ growing maturity in accessibility, as it is for organisations’ maturity. So my Christmas blog shares how my book on BS 8878, and the forthcoming ISO 30071-1, can help provide it. Enjoy…

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The future of accessibility – Digital Accessibility Experts Podcast Episode 2

Welcome to episode 2 of our Digital Accessibility Experts Podcast, on the future of accessibility. Could we get browser creators to create better native controls so people don’t have to roll their own? Are accessible component libraries going to change everything? Could personalisation give everyone interfaces that are fully designed for them? Is accessibility now cool? And do Hassell Inclusion’s team really want to be out of jobs because they’ve helped accessibility become “just the way people work”? Find out here…

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Get our book on Kindle now

I’m delighted to announce that our 5 star-reviewed book on embedding accessibility into your business-as-usual processes is now available on Kindle. Those who have read it, love it. So if you want more Hassell Inclusion insights, and case-studies from 20 more top accessibility experts from all over the planet, it’s a must have. Find out more…

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Accessibility in developing countries – Insights from Ethiopia

As part of our company’s 10% giving, we have recently been to Ethiopia to raise money for Ethiopiaid. While we were there, we visited the local projects they support to find out what life for people with disabilities in Ethiopia is like, what accessibility looks like there, and what we could learn from to help this growing nation support the lives and ambitions of its disabled population. Here’s what we found out…

Routes into accessibility: how our team became experts

People arrive in accessibility from all sorts of directions. You don’t have to have a background in development, or testing. You could equally arrive from governance, user testing, or marketing. The beauty of accessibility is that it takes people with all sorts of skillsets. All you need is passion, a place to learn your skills, and a place to apply them. So we asked some of our podcast team how they arrived in accessibility, and what they love about it that makes them such passionate advocates. Here’s what they said…

Thinking of adding festive cheer to your site? Will everyone appreciate your Christmas plugin?

Christmas is coming fast. So how does Santa relate to accessibility? The Christmasify WordPress plugin allows web sites to add a selection of Christmassy items: snowfall, Santa on his sledge moving across the screen, some Christmassy tunes playing, festive decorations for images, and a Christmassy font for the headings. A bit of seasonable fun? Yes. But adding this plugin (and others like it) can cause serious accessibility issues for significant numbers of your site visitors. So can the plugin’s accessibility (and Christmas) be saved?

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What I wish I’d known when I got into accessibility – Digital Accessibility Experts Podcast Episode 1

We often meet people who are desperate to gain knowledge in accessibility. In our team at Hassell Inclusion we’re lucky to have international experts who have over 70 years of accessibility experience between us. We’ve created accessibility standards and help a diverse range of clients to apply those standards to their work every day of the week. We wanted to start opening up some of that well of experience, so people who want to know more about accessibility can benefit. That’s why we’ve created the Digital Accessibility Experts Podcast. Here’s episode 1…

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The importance of process: why you may be wasting some of your spend on accessibility

Is accessibility becoming an important part of your digital product development? Something that you’re spending increasing time and effort on? In this blog, Hassell Inclusion’s CEO Jonathan Hassell interviews Debra Ruh from Ruh Global Communications on how embedding accessibility in your processes may be more effective than just chasing compliance – anything else is just not sustainable

WCAG 2.1 is here – what’s in it for you?

WCAG 2.1 has now been published. Many people are talking about what’s in it. But the more important question is: what’s in it for you? Here’s a background to why we needed a new accessibility standard, what we recommend organisations should do about moving to it, and some hints and tips from our experience of helping our clients use it so far…

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