Articles for the ‘Accessibility aids for users’ Category

What’s new in Accessibility in 2019 – standards, authoring tools, frameworks and design thinking

In my final blog on advances in the Accessibility Ecosystem in 2019 I complete the picture, discussing advances in: disabled people’s awareness of, access to, and training in using assistive technologies (ATs); standards for developing software (websites and apps) to work with those ATs; updates in the accessibility of Content Management Systems & JavaScript frameworks; updates in the embedding of accessibility into design patterns and design thinking; and how new standards for embedding accessibility into team processes bring it all together. Check it out…

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The one small thing people in each digital job role could do in 2019 to improve accessibility – Digital Accessibility Experts Podcast 4

At Hassell Inclusion we believe that each member of a digital development team has a role to play in ensuring that the products they create are accessible. However, often people don’t understand the accessibility requirements that they need to deliver in their role. While it’s not that difficult for designers, developers, content authors and testers to find specific accessibility requirements for their work in WCAG, it’s much harder for a governance manager, test strategy manager or social media manager to find out how accessibility plays into what they do. We may be a couple of months into 2019 now, but New Years’ Resolutions are still on our minds. So for this podcast, we sat down as a team to discuss one small thing people in each role could change or add into their work to really make a difference to the accessibility of the products that they work on. Small changes in what you do can make big changes to the accessibility of your products. Check it out here…

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Boomers are the largest generation in history – so how do you make sure they can use your website?

Our population is ageing. Boomers are the largest generation in history. They also have significant buying power. So how should you ensure that they can use your websites and mobile apps? Digital technologies, and the accessibility opportunities they offer, have a huge amount to offer to people who are ageing. So here are some insights from my interview with Andrew Arch, who led the WAI-AGE work at W3C on the link between accessibility standards and ageing. Are the needs of people with disabilities and people who are ageing the same? Do older people use screen readers? Do the colours you use on a site matter? If older people prefer tablets and smartphones to computers, what is the main thing they dislike about browsing sites on touchscreens? How do you get people to relate to disability as a personal thing, rather than a technical solution? Find out here…

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What’s new in Accessibility in 2019 – enabling technologies and ATs

In my follow-up blog to ‘Inclusive Design goes mainstream in 2019’ I’m looking at the multiple layers of technology that are needed to deliver an accessible digital experience to people with impairments. Each year more and more organisations wake up to accessibility, in every layer of this ecosystem. Big breakthroughs and innovations are happening in Underlying Technologies & Devices, Operating System features, and Assistive Technologies. Here’s the latest on what’s happening in hearables, wearables, eHealth, VR, AR, AI and 5G, and how they could create opportunities for you in 2019…

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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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