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WebAIM: Accessible CSS

Introduction
Cascading Style Sheets, or CSS, allow you to modify characteristics of existing HTML elements. All web browsers have a built-in style sheet that defines the default styling for all elements. For instance, when the browser sees the tag, it knows to skip a line and start a new section because that’s what the built-in style sheet instructs it to do. The , and every other HTML tag is defined in this style sheet; their size, color, position, and other characteristics are all defined within it. When a page author defines their own styles, they can override this built-in style sheet and tell the browser to display elements in a different way.

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The Writer’s Guide to Making Accessible Web Content

Left-handed people are surrounded by items that aren’t designed for them. Scissors, golf clubs, desks, video game controllers: it’s a right-hander’s world, and it’s annoying that they don’t take your needs into account.

But imagine moving from annoyed to frustrated, because a product is completely unusable. That’s what it feels like to use the Internet if you have a disability. What acts as a small speed bump for some can feel like a mountain to those with disabilities.

“But what can I do?” you ask. “Accessibility has to be designed and coded.”

True. But it doesn’t stop there. Accessibility is about your image alt text, header design, closed captioning, and other little things that anyone can add to their blog posts, websites, and videos. It’ll make your content more accessible, for everyone—even search engines.

Here’s how you can play a role in making the web a more accessible place, and optimize your content for everyone.

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New Guide for Affordable and Accessible Technology Now Available Online

A new guide from ACCAN and Media Access Australia was launched this year at the annual ACCAN conference. The Affordable Access project addresses two of the key pillars of digital inclusion – affordability and accessibility of technology.

The Affordable Access project is an online guide which provides information on low-cost technology with useful accessibility features. The online resource also highlights what technology may be suitable for specific scenarios. These scenarios were created in collaboration with people with disabilities to identify commonly used products for various needs. This peer advice is a great approach to the guides as people accessing them can be confident that others are also using the technology.

Affordability and accessibility are essential if all Australians are to participate in an increasingly digitally-dependant society. However, the recent Digital Inclusion Index noted that people with a disability are some of the most digital excluded people groups in Australia. Helping people find the right technology is also a large part of the challenge, especially in specific cases such as the ones listed on the Affordable Access website.

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17 Adjustments You Can Make to Your Website  for Better Accessibility

Web developer Mary Gillen shares 17 adjustments you can make to your website today that make it more accessible to visitors with disabilities. WCAG 2.0

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Simple Ways to Make Your WordPress Site Accessible

Web site accessibility has been a lingering issue on the Internet for quite some time. However, with several laws in the US pushing website accessibility as a primary feature in public and private web entities, it has affected the Internet on a wider scale.

Accessibility has been proven to be beneficial to websites, public or businesses alike. Certain sites were slapped with legal complications, like this court case of a visually impaired handicap versus a luggage company. This also creates a positive PR for your website; social responsibility is a desirable trait that often gets a nod from the online community.

On the other hand, it positively affects your website’s search engine rankings as well. Website accessibility is good for SEO, as making your website accessible requires you to input text that can be read by screen readers and web crawlers alike.

It improves usability for the handicapped and non-handicapped. It also broadens your market reach. In the UK alone, since 2015, the number of disabled adults who had used the internet in the last 3 months has increased by 6.8% to 8.6 million in 2016. Imagine reaching out to 8.6 million more visitors and prospective buyers!

The disabled may be a minor group, but there’s strength in their numbers. The following simple tweaks will help your website gain more followers as you make your site accessible to all:

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Accessible SVGs | CSS-Tricks

An excellent, fully detailed article on making SVG graphics accessible.

Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG) is emerging as the preferred graphic format to use on the web today. Are you abandoning the icon font or replacing old pg, gif and png graphics for the well-supported SVG, too? Let’s see how this will impact users of assistive technology (AT) and what is needed in order to ensure a great user experience for everyone.

…Source: Accessible SVGs | CSS-Tricks

10 Apps That Are Designed For Mobile Accessibility – ARC

Mobile accessibility was one of the hot topics in 2015, especially when considering the fact that there are currently no hard guidelines for developers to follow when it comes to building apps that are accessible to all.

Mobile and Web accessibility has become more of a priority for some companies, especially when you take into account the legal ramifications of not having an accessible website or app but there are signs that the landscape is slowly changing.

… the following list showcases a few of the apps that have caught ARC’s roving eye. It should be noted that this list is only a taste of what is out there and is a quick guide to some of the apps that are accessibility-centric.

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Making Meetings Accessible

The Basics

  • Introductions:When being introduced to people who have vision loss, say hello and wait for them to offer their hand to be shaken. When introducing yourself, simply say something like “Hi, my name is Kevin Jones. Great to meet you. Let’s shake hands.”
  • A Note About Guide Dogs:Do not pet a guide dog in harness, as tempting as this may be! Guide dogs are working animals and distracting them can be hazardous for the people they are guiding.

Before a Seminar:

If possible, find out before the meeting which format participants with vision loss prefer to read (large print, braille, electronic text, audio CD, etc.) and have all materials for the meeting available in that format.

During the seminar:

  • Introductions:Have everyone at the table introduce themselves, in the order they are seated, so that people with vision loss know who is at the table and where.
  • Written Material:Be prepared to read aloud any written information not made available in alternative formats, such as PowerPoint presentations. Read in a normal speaking voice, at a normal pace, without skipping any information.

Afterwards

 

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