Make sure the colours you choose in your designs are accessible to people of all abilities, by choosing colour combinations that pass WCAG 2.0 recommendated colour contrast ratio guidelines.
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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Read full article at Source: New Guide for Affordable and Accessible Technology Now Available Online | Go Digi
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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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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Read full article at Source: Simple Ways to Make Your WordPress Site Accessible
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
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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Read full article at Source: 10 Apps That Are Designed For Mobile Accessibility – ARC – ARC
- 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.
Something new for “accessibility news” … accessible vehicles.
2016 BraunAbillty MXV makes a Ford Explorer a cool accessible vehicle.
VIDEO: BraunAbility MXV: Accessibility done CNET style (CNET On Cars, Episode 87)
We’ve recently realized on this high tech show, we’ve never done a piece on wheelchair accessible vehicles. And that’s an oversight because they are an interesting slice of automotive engineering, and have long left the days of being kind of, After market, and they’re fit and finished. Not the least of which is something called the BraunAbility MXV a conversion built on a Ford platform, caught our eye. We thought it was time to get one in and check the tech.
Now the [UNKNOWN] ability NXV is based on a 16 Explorer, but you look at it and your eye says something isn’t right, is that really an Explorer yes. Proportions are different. Different and what your eyes being drawn to is the fact that it’s had its floor between the axle line dropped a large ten inches. Now, let’s see where that got them behind the other amazing piece of engineering. This is Akutagra, what used to be a hinged door on this stock Explore. Now, it becomes what they call a pop-out door. A completely customized motorized hinged and projector. That articulates the door out and then you’ve got a built in, belly stowed power ramp that comes out in sequence with it. [MUSIC] It looks like it’s just enough.
This is co-engineered with Ford. Cuz it’s major engineering. Look at this apparatus that had to be invented to create a pop out door out a hinge door. Similarly impressive what they did to this B pillar. Look how narrow it is now. This is a deceptively big deal. They had to curve this back to create reasonable usable wheelchair access with. I mean, look to the right side of that ramp pit but at the same time you can’t give up. The front seats in the MXV aren’t too far from the 007’s Aston Martin. But they don’t eject up they just come out. Unlock this, rotate this and you wheel them down the ramp. And when they are in the vehicle they retain full power adjustment and their airbag function. Thanks to an impressive wiring harness. The MXV is only available In front wheel drive. Once you drop the floor ten inches there’s now way to get a driveshaft to the back for all wheel drive.
Remember, people locate and discover desirable content via browsing, searching and asking. Findability is just as important as usability and accessibility in the user experience.
In my opinion, website accessibility means creating an online environment in which all users, not only those with disabilities, are able to understand, interact with and easily navigate your website content.
In other words, accessibility does not only apply to people. Accessibility also applies totechnology-based users, such as search engines.
I believe that website content should be written and formatted primarily for human users. However, since people use technology to access content, I also believe that website content should accommodate search engines.
Humans first. Search engines second.
What is an accessible website?
Often when we try to define what an accessible website is, we default to the position that it’s a website that can be used by a visually impaired person via a screen reader. If your website makes sense and can be navigated when it’s read out by a screen reader then you have an “accessible website”, you’ve ticked a box and your work here is done. Well done, let’s all go to the bar.
In reality, this definition is far too narrow and doesn’t come close to imparting an understanding of the other accessibility issues that can arise. It’s also a definition that makes accessibility as a whole easy to dismiss. Some might roll their eyes and complain a lot of extra work for a very small percentage of users. Others might declare “we don’t have any blind users” as a reason for not making a website accessible. “We’re not marketing ourselves to the visually impaired demographic” somebody might say before dropping their microphone and leaving the room to sustained applause. One brave soul might make the claim they they “don’t have time to test in other browsers or devices”. It’s important to note here that these are not straw man arguments but are in fact real things that I have heard actual, living, breathing, human beings say.
I’d argue this is already an unethical, exclusive, and short sighted approach to web development but it is, unfortunately, an argument that could carry a lot of weight in a business environment where we often have to weigh up the investment of effort and time against the return on that investment.
Here’s how the web accessibility initiative answers this question:
Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the Web.https://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/accessibility.php
This is true and I have no argument with it but it’s not a complete answer to the question so let’s start again.