Articles for the ‘Accessibility standards’ Category

BBC case study: proving Return on Investment (ROI) from accessibility

The BBC is the world’s leading public service broadcaster. They have always had a value to place audiences at the heart of what they do and celebrate diversity. Our founder, Jonathan Hassell, when he was BBC Head of Usability & Accessibility, was tasked with proving the value of digital accessibility to the BBC, and to sustain and grow the corporation’s commitment to inclusion over time. Find out how he did this by: maximising the audience for services, minimising reputational risk and customer complaints, and creating positive reputational value by ensuring people with disabilities knew about accessibility improvements, winning accessibility awards, and sharing best practice publicly…

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How new accessibility standard ISO 30071-1 helps developers

There’s a new international accessibility standard out – ISO 30071-1 – about embedding accessibility in your organisation and processes. So why should developers care? Aren’t the WCAG checkpoints for developers, and the new ISO for the product/project managers? Does it give developers any solutions for tricky accessibility challenges that they may face? Like how do they get the training they need to deliver accessibility; how to choose between WCAG 2.0 and 2.1; what requirements to use if they’re doing native apps; how to select code libraries that are accessible; what browser and assistive technologies they should test with, or should they just wait for an audit? Find out here…

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Why did we need another accessibility standard? – the birth of ISO 30071-1

Many people have said “2019 is the year inclusive design goes mainstream”. No wonder that this month’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day gained more interest than ever before. But if inclusive design and digital accessibility are “so hot right now”, how do we help organisations to adopt it as part of the way they work? And how do we help them do that efficiently, drawing from the experience of people who’ve been working on this for decades? We believe this week’s publication of ISO 30071-1 is a great step forwards in answering these questions. Here’s the story behind why our CEO spent a lot of time and energy over the last few years leading the process to take British Standard BS 8878 and turn it into an international Standard…

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ISO 30071-1: Announcing a new international accessibility standard to help organisations embed inclusive design

We are delighted to announce that the new International Standard ISO 30071-1 has been published to help organisations all over the world embed accessibility in their organisations and digital production processes. Find out all about the new Standard here, from its project lead, our CEO Jonathan Hassell…

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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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Collecting dates in an accessible way

There are many different ways to collect dates from users in website forms. But what’s the best way to do that in a way that’s accessible to everyone? In this post we look at a variety of methods, look at the pros and cons of each, and present our view on the best practices for collecting dates. Check it out here…

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Common pitfalls and misunderstandings in accessibility auditing

At Hassell Inclusion we deliver a huge amount of accessibility training to organisations all over the world. Our Head of Training, Jon Gooday, has had the honour of training over 70 accessibility auditors over the last five years. In this blog, he gives an overview of some of the most common mistakes and pitfalls that auditors tend to get wrong that impact the quality of their findings…

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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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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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