Web Standards Posts

Challenges with VPATs

By Kathy Wahlbin on November 6, 2013

Evaluating a product for accessibility can be challenging. How do you know a product is really accessible? What can you do to verify the information in a VPAT? VPAT stands for Voluntary Product Accessibility Template. Organizations request VPATs for products to determine if it is accessible but how do you know if that information is correct and if the product is really accessible. In this session you will learn what a VPAT is and what you can do...

Accessibility Drives Web Traffic

By Rosemary Musachio on October 18, 2013

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If you have an accessible website, more persons with disabilities will frequent it.  By word of mouth, its good reputation will start to permeate the community of users with disabilities.  They might spread the word that all active elements are keyboard accessible, all images have proper text equivalents, and content has sufficient color contrast.  Since there are about one billion users with disabilities worldwide, accessible sites have the...

Creating an Accessible Infographic

By Michael Guill on September 13, 2013

Infographics on the web have skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years for many great reasons. Often, they are able to quickly convey complex bits of information and show key relationships between data sets. For sighted users, representing data as an infographic actually improves accessibility. It’s easier to understand because infographics:

Beyond Section 508 Compliance and WCAG 2.0: Why Accessibility Matters

By Mark Miller on September 5, 2013

I recently ran across a letter to the editor in The Opinion Pages of The New York Times titled Inequality and the Internet: Why Some Remain Offline, written by Lainey Feingold, a disability rights lawyer in Berkeley, California.  It refers to an article published in The New York Times on August 18th called...

Mobile Accessibility Examples from Implementing UAAG 2.0

By Talyah Aviran on July 5, 2013

Background The User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) serve as a guide to developers and user-agent vendors.  It outlines the process for making Web browsers, media players, and assistive technologies (software that some people with disabilities use in interacting with computers) accessible to people with...

Web Accessibility from a Personal Perspective

By Rosemary Musachio on June 20, 2013

Since I am a web accessibility analyst, I have the good fortune of being mobility impaired.  Of course, I only can say this regarding my work.  It is like being a veterinarian and not having pets.  Without the personal experience, you couldn’t empathize with the pets’ guardians.  You wouldn’t observe subtle, unique signs that a dog or cat is not feeling well.