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Figure and figcaption – extended alternate text for screen readers?

The usual way of making images accessible for people who can’t see them is to provide alternative text using the alt attribute of the element. However, in many websites, images are presented with caption text to explain to sighted users what the image is showing. This is effectively an alternative text for the image, but there’s no ‘programmatic’ linkage for screen readers to pick up. HTML5 introduced the <figure> element as a container that could be used for images, and <figcaption> for their alternative text. So could this be used as a good way of handling images with captions, for everyone?

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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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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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Accessibility myths 2019 – Digital Accessibility Experts Podcast 3

Back in 2011, I published a blog trying to change some of the things people were misunderstanding about accessibility. In this podcast our team are bringing that up to date for 2019, busting these myths: the accessibility of words doesn’t matter; Blind screen reader users use the tab key all of the time; Accessibility consultants will find exactly the same issues when reviewing the same site; the most important accessibility is done by auditors; accessibility is the most important part of any digital project; If we want to be really good at accessibility we should go for WCAG AAA; ARIA can make anything accessible. Check it out…

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Accessible accordions part 2 – using <details> and <summary>

After a comment on my previous blog post about accessible accordion patterns, I decided to do some investigation on the details and summary HTML elements. They could be the best way of doing accordions natively in browsers, but how well is the pattern supported? And will they work with assistive technologies?

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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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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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A clear EU accessibility law proposed? At what cost?

Early this month the European Commission issued a proposal for a directive on “Accessibility of Public Sector Bodies’ Websites”. This will require twelve categories of EU public-sector websites to comply with W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 at the AA level. The directive could establish a law centred around a clearer definition of ‘the objective set of criteria for determining what an accessible website looks like’ that many accessibility advocates have been wanting for years. So what does this proposed directive mean for developers, disabled & older people, and website owners in the UK? Is it going to get disabled and older people the benefits they want, without burdening website owners with unreasonable costs that prevent them implementing it? Find out more…

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Paralympics 2012: paralympic legacy, inclusion and accessibility

Now the wonder of the Paralympics is over, thoughts turn to its legacy. Have the Paralympics changed the way people feel about disabled people for good? Or did all that sweat and inspiration just create a temporary summer without cynicism? In the world of web accessibility improvements are often temporary. Accessibility testing finds problems to be fixed in a product, but often no changes happen to the way products are created, so problems re-occur in the next version. Learning from your mistakes is great. But not forgetting what you’ve learnt is even better. Read how BS 8878 was designed to help organisations do this, to secure the legacy…

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