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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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The future of WCAG – maximising its strengths not its weaknesses

2012 was a year of real ups and downs for the de-facto Standard for accessibility, WCAG 2.0. It’s finally become ratified as an international Standard. It’s been included in legislation in Europe, Canada and the USA. At the same time it’s also had its value questioned by academic research, and the achievability of its AAA level questioned by some voices in the accessibility community. Calls for it to be updated are becoming louder and louder. And frameworks like BS 8878, in which WCAG 2.0 can be more successfully integrated with the practicalities of real-world web product development, are gaining support in the commercial and academic worlds. So, with the growing movement for WCAG 2.0 to replace national standards and thus harmonise accessibility standards globally, it’s a good time to summarise WCAG 2.0’s strengths and weaknesses, what strengths other national standards have that it may lack, and what will be needed to make it a much better ‘harmonised Standard’ for the future…

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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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Accessibility goes mainstream: creating effective websites through BS 8878, WordPress & Website In 1 Day

There is a strong link between inclusion, user-focus and the delivery of effective websites. Industry feedback suggests BS 8878 is enabling large and small businesses to produce effective websites, rather than just accessible ones. Based on this, Hassell Inclusion and Coolfields Consulting have created Website in 1 Day – a bold new option for helping small businesses create their own effective websites in record time…

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Real-world accessibility insight: Why you should read the Hassell Inclusion blog

Today sees the official launch of the v1.0 website for my new business, Hassell Inclusion. Having left the BBC at the end of July after 9 years, I’m genuinely excited about the opportunity to share the huge amount of experience I was honoured to pick up there more freely than I’ve been able to in the past. On the website you can find the vision for the company and the services that we provide. Part of that vision is continuing the blogging I started when I was at the BBC…

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