Articles for 2018

Relearnability – how to keep your disabled users through a website redesign

Despite our aversion to change, new versions of websites and apps are being released at an increasing rate. Product Managers do this to add new functionality, restructure creaking information hierarchies, or just to keep up with current design trends. However, whenever you change a digital product there will be a period in which your users will feel uncomfortable, as they have to re-learn how to use it. Even if the new site is more accessible than the previous one, if it’s structured differently you can actually lose disabled users, as the challenge of re-learning how to use a site can be a big challenge. So how can you prevent this?

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The importance of text accessibility: how IBM’s Content Clarifier shows us what we’ve forgotten

in 2001, when I first started working in accessibility at the BBC, one of the key things we thought about was the aim to make text as simple as possible. Using Plain Language. In WCAG 1.0, this was a single-A requirement, recognising it as one of the most important aspects of web accessibility. But WCAG 2.0 downgraded it to be AAA, which everyone forgets. So can IBM’s Content Clarifier remind us of the key text accessibility requirements we’ve forgot?

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Browser Extensions can Deliver Landmark Navigation for All Keyboard Users

Landmark navigation is really useful for screen reader users. They can jump around pages from landmark to landmark, and heading to heading. However, lack of native browser support for landmark navigation prevents sighted keyboard users, for whom browsing busy pages can be a bit of a slog, from getting this help. In this article we’ll look at two browser extensions that can make this functionality available to all keyboard users…

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5 accessibility tests you can do in 5 minutes

Accessibility testing is a specialist skill. However, just because there are tests that require detailed knowledge and tools or expensive assistive technology, it doesn’t mean that it can only be done by experts. There are several a11y tests which can be done by anyone, in quite a short time without requiring any specialist knowledge. Importantly, they also do not require that you to have access to any specialist tools. Here’s 5 you can do in 5 minutes…

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