Monthly Archives: November 2015

Ensure High Contrast for Text Over Images – Nielsen Norman Group

Summary: If you place text over a background image, make sure it’s readable by providing adequate contrast. Subtle tweaks can increase the contrast without affecting the overall aesthetic of the site.

A well-chosen visual adds interest and can set the tone of a website, in addition to (hopefully) conveying some meaning. Eyetracking research has shown that people are attracted to information-carrying photos, when the images are related to the user’s current task. (If instead the images appear to be purely decorative, they will likely be completely ignored.) Images can quickly prompt an emotional response in viewers and can spur them into taking some type of action. This ability of an image to elicit a positive visceral response has caused many designers to create interfaces that are highly visual, downplay text, and often contain large background images or videos. (Large pictures are frequently encountered in conjunction with minimalism, although they do not quite define this design trend.)

Because images play such an important role, often designers end up placing text over an image to leverage the attention-grabbing aspect of the photo while providing text-based content to communicate actual information. However, these endeavors commonly backfire, usually when the contrast between the text and the background is too low. According to accessibility requirements for color contrast, text that is not purely decorative or part of a logo should have a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1 (or 3:1 for large characters, defined as an 18-point font, or a 14-point bold font).

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Avoiding Redundancy with WAI-ARIA in HTML Pages

Life’s been easy since we’ve started integrating ARIA roles in HTML code.

ARIA has been providing additional semantics to help assistive technologies (ATs) and making it possible for developers to enhance the usability of web applications for people with disabilities. The fundamental question remains to date — do HTML elements need ARIA role attributes to expose their semantics?

In this article, I will cover this subject along with the new HTML5 structural elements with default implicit semantics that contest ARIA roles.

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Upcoming accessibility improvements for Microsoft Edge revealed – WinBeta

 

Upcoming accessibility improvements for Microsoft Edge revealed
WinBeta
For those of you hoping Microsoft’s newest browser Edge becomes the ideal replacement to Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer, Microsoft is reassuring consumers that they are committed to making Edge the best tool for browsing the web. Today, the …
Microsoft shows how the Narrator feature helps make Microsoft Edge more accessibleWindows Central
Microsoft Announces New Edge Browser FeaturesSoftpedia News

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Complete story at source: Upcoming accessibility improvements for Microsoft Edge revealed – WinBeta

Trail of Cedars Restored in Effort to Expand Accessibility in Glacier Park – Flathead Beacon

 

Trail of Cedars Restored in Effort to Expand Accessibility in Glacier Park
Flathead Beacon
The trail was one of the first handicap accessible trails in the park, but it had since deteriorated to where it no longer meets federal standards. It has been repaved with a sustainable non-asphalt polymer pavement that Gordon said should last longer

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Xbox One Elite Controller Accessibility Review | AbleGamers Community

Microsoft shook the gaming world when it announced the Microsoft Elite controller for the Xbox One. Featuring a design with the pro player in mind, the controller features interchangeable joysticks, a flat, dish-like d-pad, and four rear paddle buttons. The controller boasts increased grip, sensitive hair triggers, and a price tag to match the quality expected from the pro community. Gamers met this with mixed reactions. A mass produced, customizable, top-tier controller experience that you can find at your local electronics retailer sounds like a good thing on paper, but can the price live up to the promises? While the world at large pondered that question, other questions arose within our community: Can Microsoft release a more accessible version of their controller, and market it in every store across the country, allowing a more accessible gaming experience to the entire gaming community?

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Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0 is a W3C Recommendation from Jeanne Spellman on 2015-09-24

ATAG 2.0 helps improve web accessibility by providing guidelines for designing web content authoring tools that are both more accessible to authors with disabilities (Part A) and designed to enable, support, and promote the production of more accessible web content by all authors (Part B). ATAG 2.0 helps authors meet WCAG 2.0.

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Read full article at Source: Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0 is a W3C Recommendation from Jeanne Spellman on 2015-09-24 (w3c-wai-ig@w3.org from July to September 2015)

Source Order Matters | Adrian Roselli

CSS is providing newer and more complex methods of laying out your pages. Given the multiple form factors a responsive site has to support, it makes sense that developers want easy ways to structure the layouts that aren’t all floats, clears and position: absolutes.

Regardless of how you want your layout to appear in a browser, you must keep in mind that a clear HTML structure is important to search engines. Sorry, while the bit about search engines is true, it’s not really what I consider important, but it is more likely to get some people to pay attention.

What I consider important are users of screen readers or any kind of assistive technology that allows a user to navigate a page by regions (typically by the Tab↹ key), as well as sighted keyboard users.

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Read full article at Source: Source Order Matters | Adrian Roselli