Category: Accessibility (508)

5 Free Website Accessibility Evaluation Analysis Tools

        Filed under: Accessibility (508), Accessible Design, Front-End Development, User Centered Design, Web Accessibility

With all these federal standards for website accessibility, including Section 508 and the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), it’s difficult to make sure that your website complies with all the guidelines. Fortunately, there are many free web-based website accessibility evaluation analysis tools right at your disposal. I decided to test each of the tools … Continued

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How to do Section 508 compliance

        Filed under: Accessibility (508)

Section 508 is a requirement for government websites, and in general, for Federal agencies’ electronic and information technology to be accessible to people with disabilities. Normally, we build websites for general public, we don’t keep in mind features that allow the website to be accessible by Seniors, people with sight disabilities and even blind people. Actually, … Continued

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How to make PDF Section 508 Compliant

        Filed under: Accessibility, Accessibility (508)

How to make PDFs 508 Compliant A portable document format (PDF) is a file format created by Adobe to create standard consistency when a document is physically printed from a standard printer.  It is also used to freeze or lock content that should remain intact or in context with other information.  Often, we will post … Continued

Facebook is Exploring Accessibility

        Filed under: Accessibility (508)

In a huge leap towards Accessibility and Section 508 Compliance, Facebook has developed a tool called Automatic Alternative Text (AAT). The 1.59-billion-user social network’s new tool allows the visually impaired and blind to “see” posted images by having those images read out loud what they are about. Adding alternative text (or alt text) for images … Continued

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Are CAPTCHA accessible?

        Filed under: Accessibility (508)

CAPTCHA (acronym for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”) is a challenge-response test that is utilized to determine whether or not the user is human or an automated script (also known as robot). This method is popular to prevent spam generated in form submissions, and is usually based upon an … Continued

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Most common issues in web accessibility

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These are the most common issues we find when testing web accessibility: Inadequate use of headings in the content of the pages The software used by people with sight disabilities, called page readers, reads the content of a website according to the meaning of its HTML code. In plain English, HTML offers different types of … Continued

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Web accessibility testing methodology

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Interpreting web accessibility reports Automated 508 compliance testing tools are helpful, but results need to be interpreted by humans, because: Tools often show false negatives. Tools miss the meaning of descriptive text in images, links, iframes and other elements. Tools miss the interpretation of the content as a whole (article’s order, coherence, etc). 508 compliance testing … Continued

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Best practices to keep your website accessible

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The main objective of web accessibility is removing any limitation that will prevent interaction with, or access to your website, especially by people with disabilities. These disabilities can be visual, auditory, cognitive, and related to motor and seizure disorders. Although ensuring accessibility and 508 compliance require a very detailed review and ongoing monitoring of content … Continued

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Parapalegic child uses iPad to communicate

        Filed under: Accessibility News, Usability, User Centered Design

The next time you are whining about your annoying kids or feeling sorry about how tough life is … think about this video about how a paraplegic boy uses an iPad to communicate with his family. Long story short, it’s about a really smart kid who, at about 2 months old, suffered this terrible disease which … Continued

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Talk to Speech (TTS) Converter

Talk to Speech (TTS) Converter

        Filed under: Accessibility (508)

Good afternoon, fellow web managers. I am interested in using Feedblitz for email subscriptions to our feeds.  They use a captcha for registration; however, it is not Section 508 compliant.  Visually impaired users would have to contact technical support.  I feel that is an undue burden on our disabled users.    Feedblitz has suggested we … Continued

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        Filed under: Accessibility Training

California Web Accessibility Conference CALWAC is a conference devoted to web accessibility and is typically held every January at California State University (CSU) Long Beach. CSU is a leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education. The conference is organized by Knowbility, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1999 with the mission to support the … Continued

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