Tag Archives: a11y

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Teach Access Tutorial: Best Practices for Digital Accessibility

I recently came across a solid teaching and learning resource devoted to giving designers, developers, and writers a better grounding in creating accessible content. The “Teach Access Portal” is a new-to-me tutorial that provides interactive lessons, much in the same way that Codecademy does. It’s a product of the Teach Access project, which (I have to admit) I don’t know much about.

From the introductory paragraph to the tutorial:

This resource is part of the Teach Access Initiative, and provi…

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CAST Figuration Seeks to Make Bootstrap More Accessible

Last summer I published a post about learning to use Bootstrap, “a free and open-source collection of tools for creating websites and web applications, [containing] HTML- and CSS-based design templates for typography, forms, buttons, navigation and other interface components, as well as optional JavaScript extensions” (Wikipedia entry on Bootstrap). Bootstrap is an extremely useful, free framework for web developers.

This summer, I was pleased to see the Center for Applied Special Technology (C…

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To Test for Accessibility, Try Navigating Without Your Mouse

A significant percentage of those who use your web pages are people with disabilities, and many of those people can’t use a mouse to navigate through the information they find there. For example, for people who are blind or have low vision a graphical user interface is useless, so they rely on their keyboard alone. Those of us who are sighted might find it difficult to imagine what it means to navigate information by keyboard alone, but there’s an easy way to learn: stop using your mouse for an…

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GAAD 2016: Raising Awareness About Accessibility

Today is the 5th annual Global Awareness Accessibility Day. The purpose of this day “is to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) accessibility and users with different disabilities.” Who is GAAD for?

The target audience of GAAD is the design, development, usability, and related communities who build, shape, fund and influence technology and its use. While people may be interested in the topic of making technology accessible and usable by persons w…

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Accessibility for Web Writers

For a number of years now, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) have been seen by many as the international gold standard for making online resources as accessible as possible. Published by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), these standards are likely to continue evolving as the technologies we use also continue evolving; the current version of the WCAG is 2.0.

In the United States, the federal government requirements for accessibility are referred to as “Section 508” because that’…

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How to Evaluate Your Web Pages for Accessibility

This month is the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act, federal legislation designed “to [eliminate] discrimination against people with disabilities.” Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be writing some ProfHacker posts concerned with disability, accommodations, accessibility, classrooms, and digital environments.

Today I’m going to provide links to a few resources and tools addressing accessibility in digital environments. Now, this can often seem like an overwhelming topic to…

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Designing and Adapting Projects For All Users: Digital Accessibility Workshop (July 27-31)

Today being Global Accessibility Awareness Day, you might be interested in finding opportunities for learning more about the topic of accessibility in digital environments. If that’s the case, then you are in luck: later this summer, Erin Templeton and I will be teaching a workshop entitled Digital Accessibility: Designing and Adapting Projects For All Users at HILT (Humanities Intensive Learning & Teaching) 2015.

What can you expect from this workshop? Here’s our course description:

In order t…

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Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day


As you may (or may not) already know, today is “Global Accessibility Awareness Day.” Here at ProfHacker, we’ve written often about the importance of accessibility. Most recently — yesterday — Anastasia shared a post about making accessible games with Twine Audio.

What is “Global Accessibility Awareness Day” about?

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How to Use Pa11y for Automated Accessibility Testing of Web Pages, Part 1

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Here at ProfHacker, we’ve covered accessibility (often abbreviated as a11y) in a number of different posts. This is an ever-growing topic of interest for many, but especially for those who design and maintain websites and want to ensure they can give access to all types of users, including those with disabilities. However, the most common question that I hear is, “How do I make sure that my site is accessible?” The best way to check for accessibility is still user testing, but if you’re just ma…